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After three hung juries, the defendant is convicted after the

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After three hung juries, the defendant is convicted after the fourth jury trial. Is this some type of prosecutorial harassment? This was a homicide case in California. Defendant now facing life.
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A hung jury legally means nothing has happened, that there is no finding of guilt either way. If the prosecutor so chooses, he can retry every time after a hung jury. The only time he is prevented from refiling the case is in the case of a not-guilty verdict.

Needless to say, retrying a case this many times is highly unusual, but it is not illegal.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Just seems a to smack a bit of jury panel shopping to me. Thanks for your input.

Actually, it's just a reset button each time. Each time there is a hung jury, legally nothing has happened. Everything restarts. Finality only comes from a verdict.
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