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Pleasant Grove City v. Terry, 2020 UT 69 (Oct. 29, 2020)

Oct 29, 2020

Terry was convicted by a jury of domestic violence in front of a child but was acquitted of the predicate offense of domestic violence assault. The supreme court invalidated the conviction as a legally impossible verdict, explaining that both charges “turn on the same offense – domestic violence assault – and the jury’s different answers are irreconcilable as a matter of law.” Ultimately, the court held that “legally impossible verdicts – in which the defendant is acquitted on the predicate offense but convicted on the compound offense – cannot stand.”