mistrial mistrial  /mɪs ˈtraɪ əl/


  • (n) a trial that is invalid or inconclusive


  1. After declaring a mistrial in the Tacoma proceedings, Judge Boldt summarily convicted the seven of contempt, and ordered them to serve one or more six-month jail terms.
  2. Justice Hitz apparently felt that a mistrial ruling was in order.
  3. Because of the publicity surrounding the case, Judge Cheuvront declared a mistrial during jury selection, accusing Bowen of inciting public furor over her case.


  1. Mistrial declared in case on abuse

    Dain Sansome’s sex abuse trial ended in a mistrial on Wednesday, after the prosecution accused the defense of making an “inflammatory remark” to jurors about the inappropriately sexualized behavior of a child witness.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Albany Democrat-Herald

  2. Mistrial denied in ex-cop's murder case

    The lead detective investigating the death of ex-cop Levi Chavez's wife took the stand Wednesday, but his testimony was interrupted when Chavez's attorney asked for a mistrial.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: KRQE & KASA FOX 2 Albuquerque

  3. Mistrial in sex abuse case

    Mistrial in sex abuse case Times Union Copyright 2013 Times Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 5:20 pm, Monday, June 10, 2013 Just before opening arguments were to begin, according to court officials, Assistant District Attorney Shane Hug informed Judge Debra Young that Wolf's counsel, Tim Nugent, had handed him a ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Albany Times Union


  1. "In light of the public controversy surrounding my involvement in this case, I have concluded that there is a manifest necessity to declare a mistrial," said Kozinski, chief judge for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. "I will recuse myself...
    on Jun 13, 2008 By: Judge Alex Kozinski Source: USA Today

  2. "After the mistrial, it would have been easy to simply let the malpractice lawsuit fade away," Weis said in the statement. "We decided that for all people who are frowned upon by prejudice or bias, we had to take this case to closure."
    on Jul 27, 2007 By: Charlie Weis Source: Boston Globe (registration)

  3. "It simply is not fair -- in law, this would create a mistrial," said Fox News personality Greta Van Susteren on her Web site.
    on Oct 2, 2008 By: Greta Van Susteren Source: WAPT

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