Allen charge

Definition of "Allen charge"
  1. An instruction given to a jury that is unable to agree on a verdict, urging the jurors to reconsider and be open to changing their opinions
How to use "Allen charge" in a sentence
  1. After hours of deliberation, the judge decided to issue an Allen charge in hopes that it would break the deadlock.
  2. Following the Allen charge, the jury reevaluated their positions, leading them to finally reach a consensus.
  3. However, they couldn't reach a unanimous decision, so the judge administered an Allen charge to encourage a further attempt.

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