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Can a judge overturn a jury decision at the end of a trial?

Asked by luigirovatti (2392points) November 23rd, 2019

With motivation, I suppose.

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JLeslie's avatar

In America, yes. It’s very rare. A judgement notwithstanding the verdict.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Yes, they can, As @JLeslie says, it is rare. Usually it happens when the judge feels the jury has not properly weighed the evidence.

zenvelo's avatar

In a criminal trial, they cannot find the defendant guilty over the jury verdict. In a civil trial, they can reduce the penalty/ damages to $1.

jca2's avatar

In criminal trial, the judge may only throw out guilty verdicts. He cannot overrule a not guilty verdict and declare the defendant guilty.

jca2's avatar

@luigirovatti: Criminal and civil trials are different. You didn’t specify.

luigirovatti's avatar

@jca2: That’s because I want to know all cases, of course.

jca2's avatar

You can Google it and read all about it.

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