nolle prosequi

nol·​le pro·​se·​qui | \ ˌnä-lē-ˈprä-sə-ˌkwī How to pronounce nolle prosequi (audio) \

Definition of nolle prosequi

: an entry on the record of a legal action denoting that the prosecutor or plaintiff will proceed no further in an action or suit either as a whole or as to some count or as to one or more of several defendants

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Recent Examples on the Web The records indicate he was initially charged with felony first-degree assault upon his arrest on Nov. 30, but that a disposition of nolle prosequi was entered on Monday, meaning the state chose not to pursue that charge. Jon Kelvey,, "Westminster man charged with assault," 2 Dec. 2019 The city argues that a nolle prosequi does not count as a favorable termination. Stephanie Clifford, New York Times, "Wrongly Convicted, They Had to Choose: Freedom or Restitution," 30 Sep. 2019 In a nolle prosequi, prosecutors hold the power to do away with the case. John R. Ellement,, "DA Rollins prosecuting 8 Straight Pride protesters charged with violent acts," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of nolle prosequi

1681, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nolle prosequi

Latin, to be unwilling to pursue

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The first known use of nolle prosequi was in 1681

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“Nolle prosequi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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nolle prosequi

nolle pros·​e·​qui | \ -ˈprä-sə-ˌkwī, -ˌkwē How to pronounce nolle prosequi (audio) \

Legal Definition of nolle prosequi

: an entry in a criminal action denoting that the prosecutor will not prosecute the case further in whole or as to one or more of several counts or one or more of several defendants — compare non prosequitur

History and Etymology for nolle prosequi

Latin, to be unwilling to pursue

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