Thursday, August 12, 2004

The McNee Manslaughter - a question

Does anyone know what the effect of a hung jury is in a homicide trial where manslaughter is conceded but murder is contested? It would be somewhat perverse if juror(s) demanding a murder verdict would jeopardise the manslaughter conviction if they stuck to their guns. On the other hand, I've never heard of a case where a defendant was found guilty of manslaughter but the question of murder was left undetermined.

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