Anatomy of a Criminal Trial

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Verdict and Motions

After deliberating, the jury returns to the courtroom. A jury representative (foreperson) or court clerk will announce the verdict of either “guilty” or “not guilty." After the decision is read and accepted by the court, the jury is dismissed, and the trial is over. There are motions that either side may present to the judge following the verdict requesting judgment not to be enforced or request for a new trial. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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