the accused


: the person(s) charged with a crime
The accused was found not guilty.
All of he accused were found not guilty.

Examples of the accused in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is actually some disturbing conservative metaphor for a crisis PR strategy that works to turn the accused into the victim, first by smearing the accuser, then by calling it all a partisan witch hunt where fact and fiction decompose into a blob of uncertainty. Anita Chabria, Los Angeles Times, 6 June 2024 The government rarely charges someone for false statements on gun purchase forms unless the accused is also charged with a violent crime, according to a Government Accountability Office report cited by Mr. Biden’s legal team. Tom Hals, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 June 2024 Some units have started holding trials for the accused, though the quality of evidence, procedures, and judgments is questionable and transparency is lacking. Vanda Felbab-Brown, Foreign Affairs, 30 Mar. 2018 The principal duty of the judge in a criminal case is to protect the accused from abuse by the state. Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review, 26 May 2024 Plea information for the accused was not available in online court records. Samira Asma-Sadeque, Peoplemag, 23 May 2024 The case dragged on to the Court of Appeal, where all 14 of the accused were acquitted. Ogar Monday, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 May 2024 Some of the accused were among the inmates who escaped on March 2 when the gangs broke into the country’s two main prisons. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 31 Mar. 2024 Recent Cases Two recent cases resulted in years-long prison sentences for the accused. Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024

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“The accused.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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