no contest


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David Eisenhauer, a former cross country runner for the school, pleaded no contest in February to first-degree murder, abduction and concealing a body in the death of Nicole Lovell. Steve Helling,, "Va. Tech Athlete Who Lured 13-Year-Old to Her Stabbing Death to Hide Relationship Gets 50 Years," 27 June 2018 David Eisenhauer pleaded no contest in February in the 2016 stabbing death of Nicole Lovell. Editors, USA TODAY, "State primaries, World Cup, Prince William: 5 things to know Tuesday," 26 June 2018 Dennis Dockery, 54, of Bloomfield, initially faced charges of first-degree larceny from a public community and forgery, but pleaded no contest in April to second-degree larceny as part of a plea agreement. David Owens,, "Former Correction Officer, Army Reservist Avoids Prison For Stealing From State," 26 June 2018 Malinowski’s ex-boyfriend, Michael Slager, was sentenced to 11 years in prison after pleading no contest in 2016 to charges including felonious assault and aggravated arson. Fox News, "Mom supports letting Ohio woman testify from beyond the grave in ex-boyfriend's murder trial," 15 Apr. 2018 Knight pleaded no contest in 1995 and was sentenced to five years' probation for assaulting two rappers in 1992. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "2 lawyers for Suge Knight accused of plotting to bribe potential murder witnesses," 6 Mar. 2018 Hawkins got into trouble with the Bar after mishandling a case and ended up pleading no contest to misappropriating money from a client’s account. Lauren Ritchie,, "Lake County owes Virgil Hawkins recognition and a thank you for role in civil rights struggle," 12 July 2018 Voynov eventually pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a spouse. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "NHL should do right thing again: Don't let Slava Voynov back," 5 July 2018 Image Two men associated with a warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif., that killed 36 people almost two years ago pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday and will each face several years in prison, prosecutors said. Matt Stevens, New York Times, "2 Men Plead No Contest in Oakland Ghost Ship Fire That Killed 36," 3 July 2018

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1931, in the meaning defined above

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to reject or criticize sharply

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