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Jury Nullification

Definition - What does Jury Nullification mean?

Jury nullification is when a jury acquits a defendant due to a sense of moral or social duty rather than based on the facts of the case. With jury nullification, the jury often goes against the instructions or interpretations of the judge who is presiding over the case.

Jury nullification can skew the results of trials.

Justipedia explains Jury Nullification

Jury nullifications can happen in civil or criminal cases.

An example of a jury nullification would be if a burglar sues a homeowner for damages after the burglar received an injury on the homeowner's property while trying to rob them. If the jury refused to grant the burglar damages even if it was proved that they may be entitled to them by law, this would be an example of jury nullification.

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