Wilson County, TN Circuit Court
Wilson County, TN Circuit Court

Partial verdict

Partial verdict

a verdict in which a jury does not find all of the defendants in a trial to be guilty

a a verdict that finds a defendant guilty on some counts and not guilty on others
b a verdict in which a jury is unable to reach or has not yet reached agreement on all of the offenses under consideration

NOTE: The acceptance of partial verdicts before a jury is finished with deliberations may interfere with the deliberative process; having a jury achieve unanimity on a higher charge first discourages compromise verdicts on lesser included offenses. In some jurisdictions it has been considered proper to afford the jury the opportunity to render a partial verdict of acquittal on a higher charge to avoid declaring a mistrial because of a hopeless deadlock only on a lesser included offense; such a verdict would prevent double jeopardy on the higher charge.
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