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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

defendant,

n the party against whom relief or recovery is sought in a lawsuit.
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Morsi and 14 other co-defendants appeared in court in previous hearings in a soundproof glass case in the courtroom preventing verbal access to their attorneys, which the defence said compromised the court's neutrality.
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Reading out the verdict as the defendants sat in a courtroom cage, the judge said Dmitrichenko had told co-defendant Yuri Zarutsky on the night of the attack that Filin was on his way home from the theatre.
Federal prosecutors in the Western District of Arkansas have now elicited guilty pleas from Barber and one co-defendant in each of the separate cases.
Ben Kennedy was remanded in custody and was told that his case would be listed for sentence after the trial of his co-defendants.
Despite ignoring the abuse he felt a blow to the back of his head and saw 19-year-old Jones, of Llewellyn Street, Pentre, and his co-defendant approaching.
A judge is expected to decide today whether to order co-defendant Freddie Prado, 20, of Palmdale, to stand trial for murder.
A co-defendant, Taha Yassin Ramadan, a former vice president, said an American translator of Arab origin used to smuggle him tea and bread.
One of the judges has removed himself from the panel after learning that a co-defendant may have been involved in executing his brother.
The group beat and stabbed Van Dell over a period of at least three hours and decided to finish him off by setting fire to him as he lay bleeding and moaning under the side porch of the house, according to evidence in the trial of co-defendant, Michael Ari Peck, 18.
Lana Vickery, another co-defendant who pleaded guilty, began serving her nearly 16-year sentence in June.
The plaintiffs have written a letter to Legge, along with the lawyers for co-defendant Trigg Aerospace, claiming that the airline is seeking 'protections and advantages' not provided for by law according to The Associated Press.