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JENKINS V. UNITED STATES, 380 U. S. 445 (1965)

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Jenkins v. United States, 380 U.S. 445 (1965)

Jenkins v. United States

No. 761

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.

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