What is a mistrial?
You have heard of this term before but you are not sure of its meaning.
To make things simple, what you are doing when you as for a mistrial is asking the trial judge for a “do-over” at trial with a different jury.
There are a number of reasons why either side during a trial would ask a judge for a mistrial.
For example, there was a case in which some doctors were on trial in a medical malpractice case.
During the trial one of the jurors got really sick and passed out in the jury box.
In the middle of the trial, the doctors got up and rushed to the aid of the juror and gave swift medical attention.
Because of these actions the attorney for the injured victim asked the court for a mistrial.
This was because after what the doctors had done in front of that jury, the lawyers did not think that that particular jury would listen to all of the evidence in the trial and be objective.
The fact that the jury had just witnessed the doctors help save the life of a fellow jury might have caused some on the jury to disregard the evidence in the case and rule based on what they saw of the doctors in the courtroom.
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