Not Guilty Plea – denial of having committed the charged offense

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not-guilty plea:

1. An accused person’s formal denial in court of having committed the charged offense.  *  The prosecution must then prove all elements of the charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt if the defendant is to be convicted.

not guilty:

1. A defendant’s plea denying the crime charged.

1. A plea in a criminal case which denies and controverts the existence of every fact essential to constitute the crime charged or to establish the accused’s guilt, placing in issue every essential element of the offense charged. 21 Am J2d Crim L § 467

The plea of the general issue in an action for conversion of personal property. 18 Am J2d Conversion § 149.

A plea of the general issue in tort action’ and ejectment. 25 Am J2d Eject § 85; 41 Am J1st Pl § 141.

A plea of the general issue in an action of trespass. 41 Am J 1st Pl § 141.

A plea of the general issue in an action of trespass on the case. 1 Am J2d Actions § 42. [2]

1. A plea entered in a criminal case by a defendant who denies having committed the crime with which she is charged. [3]



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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black & Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-62130-6

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition
 by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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