What is an Allen charge in Florida?

February 15, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2914

Good afternoon:

The jury has reached a verdict on 4 of the 5 counts. It is hung on count 1, which charges Dunn with first degree murder for the death of Jordan Davis.

We do not know if those verdicts are guilty, not guilty or some combination of the two.

When a jury advises the court that it cannot reach a verdict, the court will give an Allen charge, which is an order to return to the jury room and do the following: each juror has to identify the weaknesses in his position without comment by the others. Then they deliberate again and if they cannot agree, the foreperson is to so advise the court and the court will declare a mistrial as to that count.


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