responsive verdict

Definition of "responsive verdict"
  1. A decision delivered by a jury that addresses the charges as outlined in the indictment, and confirms the legally specified findings for a specific accusation. The findings may include determined as guilty, not guilty, or guilty of a less severe crime that is included within the major charge
How to use "responsive verdict" in a sentence
  1. The jury's responsive verdict found the accused guilty of the lesser included offense.
  2. The court waited anxiously for the responsive verdict, which had the power to determine the fate of the accused.
  3. A responsive verdict is often anticipated eagerly by both the defense and the prosecution as it puts an end to speculation and presents definitive outcomes.

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