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defendant

[difen′dənt]
(in law) the party named in a plaintiff's complaint and against whom the plaintiff's allegations are made. The defendant must respond to the allegations.

defendant

(di-fen'dint)
In law, the person, entity, or party charged or sued in a legal action. The defendant is the party accused of a criminal or civil wrong from whom legal relief or damages are sought.
See: plaintiff
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The defendants responded that both parties had been untimely in their discovery responses, and that the defendants produced the documents in good faith in order to ensure that all potentially relevant documents were produced.
The reason officers with credibility problems lose their viability as witnesses is based on the constitutional principle that every criminal defendant in this country is entitled to a fair trial.
But the thundering silence of the Court on the issue of a defendant's freedom of thought frustrated those who had urged the Court to hand down a decision protecting the mental autonomy of pretrial defendants.
In the case of a malpractice lawsuit against multiple health care provider defendants, where the cause of action occurred in different counties for different defendants, the claim must be filed in the county where the cause of action occurred for at least one of the defendants.
The best count the office offers is in its monthly Budget Forecasting Report, which includes reports from around Wisconsin of defendants who have turned down a public defender because of cost.
In a 1992 Virginia case involving a woman charged with drunk driving, one juror, Yvonne Zecca, reported that although a majority of jurors felt the defendant was guilty, the panel voted to acquit due to a lack of evidence.
Texas permits the court to mold the plaintiff's award proportionally by the amount of fault that the jury assigns to settled parties and the plaintiff, and defendants may designate and make claims against other responsible third parties, including bankrupt companies.
Defendants arrested under such circumstances often will claim that there were insufficient facts to establish probable cause that drugs or drug records will be found in their residences.
Austin claimed that the defendants had the power and the ability to exclude him from the practice of neurosurgery because a neurosurgeon was the chief of surgery and another neurosurgeon's wife sat on Cottage Hospital's Board of Directors.