Repugnant Verdict Law and Legal Definition

Repugnant verdicts refer to a verdict that contradicts itself since the defendant is convicted and acquitted of different crimes having identical elements in the same transaction. Sometimes the inconsistency occurs in a single verdict (repugnant verdict), and sometimes it occurs in two separate verdicts (repugnant verdicts). These types of verdicts are not permissible. This term is mainly used in New York.