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    Default Can a Judge Overrule a Jury's Verdict

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: Michigan

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    Default Re: Can a Judge Overrule a Jury's Verdict

    For a conviction? Yes.

    The rest depends on the facts.

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    Default Re: Can a Judge Overrule a Jury's Verdict

    In a criminal case a judge can only grant a motion for a relief from judgment as a matter of law if a jury has found a defendant guilty. A jury's verdict of not guilty is beyond the reach of the judge's power.

    The time is limited in which you can file such a motion. In a federal case it is 14 days. Michigan may follow the federal rule or it may not, but I doubt it's longer than 30 days.

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