afforce the assize
- To compel jurors to agree to a verdict by starving them, or by adding jurors until twelve agreed.
Ballentine's law dictionary. Anderson, W.S.. 1998.
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afforce the assize — /afors Siy asayz/ In old English practice, a method of securing a verdict, where the jury disagreed, either by confining them without meat and drink, or, more anciently, by adding other jurors to the panel, to a limited extent, until twelve could … Black's law dictionary