Allen charge
Al·len charge /'a-lən-/ n [from the Supreme Court case Allen v. United States, 164 U.S. 492 (1896), which upheld the right of a trial judge to make such a charge]: a charge to a deadlocked jury to make a further effort to reach a verdict esp. by each juror considering the others' opinions with deference – called also dynamite charge;

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

allen charge
n.
A charge by the court to a deadlocked jury admonishing them to work together to reach a verdict, and especially encouraging the holders of a minority opinion to listen to the arguments of the majority and to let themselves be convinced if possible. This is prohibited in some states.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


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