jury nullification

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jury nullification

n.
Refusal of a jury to find a defendant guilty, even when the facts establish guilt, because of a conclusion that conviction would be contrary to some other concept of justice.
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Amid fears ovaj of a potentially perverse verdict being reached in such a contentious inquest, the judge held that a new tribunal into Jordan's death should sit without a jury.
If there is new and compelling evidence available, then I want anyone let go as a result of a perverse verdict to be brought back to face justice.
Mr Justice Stephens said: "There cannot be an effective investigation where there is a real risk of a perverse verdict or bias.