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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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Assume a case with multiple defendants in state court who are served at different times.
It also raises a fundamental paradox: If the prosecutor has enough resources to take only very few defendants to trial, how can her threats to take all defendants to trial induce them to plea?
In addition, research indicates that even if the insanity defense is successful, the defendant almost inevitably spends at least some time in custody and generally will spend more time in custody than if the defendant had pled guilty to the charged crime.
He added that the defendants converted the sum of N720,000 that they ought to have delivered as transport money on the Boxer Motorcycles marked FFE 703 QF and FFE 704 QF, to Terry Onwuka to their own use.
The court also upheld 15 other defendants ruling of a two year prison sentence, a five year prison sentence to seven other defendants, and acquitted another five defendants.
Legston did not respond to defendants' motion to transfer.
Al Hamadi said the court sentenced six defendants to life imprisonment, another six defendants to ten years in prison, one defendant to five years in prison, three defendants to three years in prison.
"On September 11, 2018, a grand jury returned the Second Superseding Indictment ('SSI') against Defendants Michael Babich, Alec Burlakoff, Michael Gurry, Richard Simon, Sunrise Lee, Joseph Rowan, and John Kapoor, charging them with engaging in a racketeering conspiracy in violation of 18 U.S.C.
Before approving an additional Dh486,000 loan for the third defendant, the bank's internal audit staff double-checked the documents submitted by the first and second defendants, only to find out that they were forged.
Defendants Massa Kennedy and Juana Bracewell were among those charged with hindering law enforcement in the case against defendant Williams.
The instant action has been provoked by what appears to be the fall out or likely fall-out, with possible grave financial implications for the Ghanaian tax payer, arising out of the execution by the 2nd and 3rd Defendants of a so-called 'Concession Agreement', alleged by the parties to be a Public Private Partnership (PPP) policy which has, at the time of the commencement of the instant action, run into massive problems between the contracting parties.
Summary: Defendants armed with sharp tools, indulged in group fight that led to one death and injuries