Whenever a prosecutor brings a case and gets a hung jury
, he has to ask himself if this is something worth going after.
53) For the hung jury
study, the NCSC collected information from trial courts in the Central Criminal Division of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, California; the Maricopa County Superior Court (Phoenix), Arizona; the Bronx County Supreme Court, New York; and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia between 2000 and 2001.
Jurors Robert Gourley, Claudia Torres, and Edine Woods have said that they did not want to support a guilty verdict for the Border Patrol agents and would have held out for a hung jury
, except that they were improperly instructed that that was not an option.
When the case was tried for the second time, the result again was a hung jury
The trial of Roy Wright ended in a hung jury
when one juror held out for life imprisonment because of Wright's --.
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Dennis Porter declares a hung jury
in the first-degree murder trial of Jonathan Tolliver, an African American 19-year-old and alleged gang member charged with murdering Chicago Police Officer Michael Ceriale in 1998.
Strictly speaking, it is the symmetry, not the voting rule, that ensures juries will deadlock; any two-way voting rule, even simple majority, would allow for a hung jury
as long as the panel comprises an even number of jurors.
However, the only other time the penalty phase of a case was reached -- in New York in 1992, before capital punishment was reinstated -- resulted in a hung jury
and the defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment.
He points out that 75 percent of Whitewater cases ended in hung juries compared to a 5 percent hung jury
rate in criminal trials generally.
After one trial ended in a hung jury
, Clair George was convicted on two felony counts of lying to Congress.
The first, with Thaw claiming to be innocent based on "the unwritten law" over White's violation of Nesbit, resulted in a hung jury
Arizona judges will also have the option of limiting the length of a trial and avoiding a hung jury
by polling deadlocked jurors to determine whether unanswered questions remain.