Frequently Asked Questions
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Juries and Jury Nullification
- What is jury nullification?
- Is jury nullification legal?
- Why would a juror want to nullify?
- How do I use jury nullification to conscientiously acquit?
- If I conscientiously acquit, can I legally be punished?
- Should I discuss jury nullification with my fellow jurors?
- The jury instructions say or the judge said that jury nullification is invalid. Is that true?
- What are some examples of jury nullification?
Hung Juries and Mistrials
- Must the jury agree on a verdict?
- What happens if there is a hung jury?
- What is a mistrial?
- What is double jeopardy?
- When does jeopardy "attach" (and what does that mean)?
- When does jeopardy "terminate" (and what does that mean)?
- Isn't prosecuting someone twice or more for the same offense in the same court putting them in double jeopardy?
- Doesn't prosecuting someone in federal court for an offense they were acquitted of in state court violate double jeopardy?
- What does double jeopardy have to do with jury nullification?
Jury Nullification and Other Jury Issues in Capital Cases
- What does jury nullification refer to in capital cases?
- What is a "death-qualified" juror or jury?
- How does death qualification affect trial by jury?