Anatomy of a Criminal Trial

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Mistrials

A mistrial is a trial that is terminated before the jury returns a verdict or the judge renders his decision in a nonjury trial, meaning the trial has no legal effect on either party. A judge may declare a mistrial for many reasons, such as the discovery of a fundamental error so prejudicial to the defendant that it cannot be remedied by appropriate instructions to the jury (such as the inclusion of highly improper remarks in the prosecutor's closing arguments). A jury that is hopelessly deadlocked and unable to reach a verdict is common circumstance for mistrials. (Photo: Cristian Baitg/ Getty Images)

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