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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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The trial court denied the motion to quash and suppress, and defendant was convicted after a stipulated bench trial.
According to the plaintiff's motion, the defendants withheld more than 190,000 documents produced on the eve of the trial in Ruth to "obstruct justice" and deny the plaintiffs in Presler a fair trial.
None of the five defendants was older than 16, nor were many of the jurors.
The denial may result in a conviction being overturned, a sentence being vacated, the prosecution having to conduct a second costly and time-consuming trial, or the decision to pursue a different remedy against the aggrieved defendant.
Sell will be spared the drugs for now, and a stringent new legal test will have to be applied for all future attempts to drug nonviolent defendants for trial.
A defendant seeking to avoid such discovery may file a motion for a protective order.
However, no funds were appropriated by defendant to move the pipe.
Defendant stated that the well established policy that a party may not seek equitable relief where that party has "unclean hands".
Wisconsin is the only state that charges poor defendants for representation no matter what the outcome of their cases.
The defendants knew more about the jury than the jury knew about the defendants.
Some states, such as Ohio and Wisconsin, require the defendant to be found at least 50% responsible in order for joint and several liability to apply.