Dynamite Charge


An instruction given by a court to a deadlocked jury to encourage it to continue deliberating until it reaches a verdict.  Also called Allen charge, nitroglycerine charge, shotgun charge, and third-degree instruction

Illustrative caselaw

See, e.g. Monforto v. State, 28 So.3d 65 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2009) and Allen v. U.S., 164 U.S. 492 (1896).

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