Victoria’s Legal Update: Guilty or Not Guilty?

Posted by on June 12, 2012

We often hear about famous people involved in legal actions, especially when those actions are criminal in nature.  Last week, the John Edwards criminal trial ended in a hung jury: he was found not guilty on one charge but the jury could not reach an agreement on the other 5 counts.

This doesn’t mean the jury thought he was innocent.  The burden of proof in criminal trials is the very high standard of beyond a reasonable doubt.  If the jurors couldn’t all agree whether he was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, he could not be convicted of the charges.  The judge declared a mistrial, which means the prosecutors can retry the case if they so choose, but this often does not happen if prosecutors anticipate a repeat of the same outcome.


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