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. . 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

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