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jury nullification (redirected from Perverse verdict)
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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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In the appeal filed in court, Mutua says the learned judges of the Court of Appeal erred in law in misapplying the provisions of Article 81 of the Constitution to the evidence on record thereby reaching a perverse verdict
With considerable hesitation, President of the Court of Appeal Mr Justice George Birmingham, said manslaughter could not necessarily be said to be a perverse verdict
"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."
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.