defendant defendant  /dɪ ˈfɛn dənt/


  • (n) a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused


  1. Jurors might themselves be able to conjure the image of the defendant's innocence, but most need help from his lawyers.
  2. After he has been formally charged, a defendant may hire a lawyer, and many do, though the courts generally look down on defense counsel.
  3. Defendant Fred Erwin Beal, Gastonia strike organizer, principal defendant, supposed Communist, when it came his turn to speak, weaseled.


  1. Co-defendant testifies in Guernsey Co. double-murder trial

    A co-defendant testified Wednesday in day three of the jury trial for a man charged with killing two people in Guernsey County. James Whatley Jr., 31, is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and burglary, The charges stem from the June 2012 shooting deaths of 31-year-old Christopher Morrison and 25-year-old Justain Nelson in Cambridge. Both victims died from multiple ...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: WTOV 9 Steubenville

  2. Defendant in Santa Maria Murder Trial Seriously Injured After Assault in Jail

    The Sheriff's Department says a defendant in the Anthony Ibarra murder trial was badly injured following an assault at the Santa Barbara County Jail.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: FOX 11 Santa Maria

  3. Defendant misses jury trial date in horse abuse case

    LIHU‘E — The defendant in a re-indicted 2010 case involving 16 animal cruelty charges missed a jury trial hearing Monday in 5th Circuit Court.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Garden Island


  1. The law, Walton said in court documents, "does not appear to contemplate a situation in which a defendant may be placed under supervised release without first completing a term of incarceration."
    on Jul 3, 2007 By: Reggie B Walton Source: Forbes

  2. "We're here because a jury found that the defendant deliberately tried to kill other human beings," said Assistant US Attorney Lamar Baker.
    on Jun 22, 2010 By: LaMar Baker Source: The Associated Press

  3. "You were as much an abuser of animals as any other defendant in this case," Hudson said.
    on Dec 14, 2006 By: Henry Hudson Source: 940 News

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