• What happens if the jury cannot reach a verdict in George Zimmerman trial?


    SANFORD, Fla. - If the jury deliberating in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial tells Judge Debra Nelson it cannot reach a verdict, she will read them an Allen Charge.

    What's an Allen Charge? An Allen Charge is a strongly worded reminder given by a judge to a jury that is hung or divided, and it can only be read once during deliberations.

    Ultimately, the jury decides how long it will continue deliberations. If jurors still cannot reach a verdict, Nelson will declare a mistrial and the state will be free to try the case with a new jury.

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