Lookups spiked 26,000% on June 25, 2021
Unadjudicated was among our top lookups on June 25th, 2021, after it was used by the judge presiding over Derek Chauvin’s sentencing.
As to Count I, based on the verdict of the jury finding you guilty of unintentional second- degree murder while committing a felony under Minn. Stat. § 609.19 subd. 2(1), it is the judgment of the Court that you now stand convicted of that offense. Pursuant to Minn. Stat. § 609.04, Counts II and III remain unadjudicated as they are lesser offenses of Count I.
— Sentencing Order and Memorandum Opinion, Court File No. 27-CR-20-12646
We define unadjudicated as “not settled judicially; not judged or adjudicated,” and adjudicate as “to make an official decision about who is right in (a dispute); to settle judicially.”
Unadjudicated may be traced in part back to the Latin word for “law,” (jus), a root that it shares with a number of other English words, including judge, prejudice, and injury.
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