coram nobis Motion – Exonerate a Person who was Unlawfully Convicted

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coram nobis motion:

1. A motion to vacate an allegedly unlawful conviction.  [1]

coram nobis:

1. In our presence; before us.  A writ used to obtain review of a judgment for the purpose of correcting errors of fact in criminal as well as civil proceedings.  18 Am J2d Coram Nobis § 1.
     For the distinction between “coram nobis” and “coram vobis,” see coram vobis. [2]

1. “In our presence”; before us.  A writ of coram nobis is used to obtain review of a judgment by the court that rendered it.  Its purpose is to correct errors of fact in criminal as well as civil cases. [3]

vb. (17c.)

1. To nullify or cancel; make void; invalidate <the court vacated the judgment>.  Cf. OVERRULE

n. (15c.)

1. The act or process of judicially finding someone guilty of a crime; the state of a having been proved guilty.

2. The judgment (as by a jury verdict) that a person is guilty of a crime. [1]

Also see writ of coram nobis.


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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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