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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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Co-defendant Justin Roy Evert McKelvey, 21, is confined in a state mental hospital until he is deemed mentally fit to stand trial, according to court records.
Robert Anthony Brown, 40, of Mossdale Close, Radford, Coventry, slapped his 27-year-old co-defendant Aurora Gronan when they both appeared in court on charges of unlawful wounding.
Co-defendant April Burks Michaels, 35, is scheduled for trial Feb.
The alleged getaway driver, 17, said that he was not aware a robbery was about to take place until he saw his co-defendants donning masks and arming themselves with knives after they asked him to drive them to the cold store.
He said he wanted to see someone about giving evidence against his co-defendants or going QE (Queen's Evidence).
According to Butler's plea agreement, the co-defendants obtained the names and Social Security numbers of other individuals -- many of them homeless or with little income -- so Butler could file false tax returns using their names.
To carry out the scheme, Maggio solicited and paid co-defendants Matt Havey, Louis Paradiso and Sean Sacco to act as "straw" borrowers and sign fraudulent loan documents in their names.
Saddam sat silently throughout the three-hour session in Baghdad, but several of his seven co-defendants disputed the experts' report, calling it biased and demanding an international panel examine the documents.
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Redha Al Ghasra, 26, and a co-defendant were both jailed for five years by the High Criminal Court for possessing firearms during an illegal gathering in Bani Jamra.