U.S. Supreme Court
Jenkins v. United States, 380 U.S. 445 (1965)
Jenkins v. United States
Argued April 1,1965
Decided April 5, 1965
380 U.S. 445
After some deliberation on a two-count indictment, the jury sent a note to the trial judge advising that it was unable to arrive a a verdict "on both counts because of insufficient evidence." I n his response, the judge stated that the jury had to reach a decision. Thereafter, the petitioner was found guilty on one count.
Held: in its context and under all the circumstances of this case, the judge's statement had a coercive effect on the jury, and therefore the conviction must be reversed.
117 U.S.App.D.C. 346, 330 F.2d 220, reversed and remanded.