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Compromise Verdict

A compromise verdict is rendered when the jury members cannot agree on certain issues and they essentially “split the difference.” For example, if ten jury members believe the defendant is guilty of first degree murder and two jurors believe he should be acquitted, the two who believe he should be acquitted might agree to a second degree murder charge if the other eight will agree to it. Juries do this in order to avoid deadlock.