nolle prosequi

noun
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 That procedural move was to have been followed by prosecutors dropping the matter, officially known as a nolle prosequi. Adrian Walker, BostonGlobe.com, "‘I think justice won today,’ DA Rollins says after victory in immigrant’s case," 28 Jan. 2020 Murder case ends On March 3, a judge granted a nolle prosequi request by prosecutors to dismiss the murder charges against Fotis Dulos, ending that criminal case. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, "A Connecticut mystery: A timeline of the Jennifer Dulos, Fotis Dulos case," 4 Mar. 2020 Rollins on Wednesday asked a single justice of the Supreme Judicial Court to step in and reverse Sinnott’s decision in a nolle prosequi case. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "DA Rollins prosecuting 8 Straight Pride protesters charged with violent acts," 5 Sep. 2019 The nolle prosequi is not an acquittal but an acknowledgement of the reality that the prosecution of Fotis Dulos cannot continue. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, "A Connecticut mystery: A timeline of the Jennifer Dulos, Fotis Dulos case," 4 Mar. 2020 Morrissey said his office Monday will file nolle prosequi, or nonprosecution, statements formally dismissing 50 cases. BostonGlobe.com, "Norfolk DA is looking at decades-old warrants with an eye to drop minor, nonviolent cases - The Boston Globe," 29 Nov. 2019 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, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nolle%20prosequi. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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nolle prosequi

noun
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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