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Innocent

Absent guilt; acting in Good Faith with no knowledge of defects, objections, or inculpative circumstances.

A person accused of and prosecuted for the commission of a crime is presumed innocent until proved guilty Beyond a Reasonable Doubt.

innocent

adj. without guilt (not guilty). Usually the plea which an accused criminal defendant gives to the court at the time of his/her first appearance (or after a continued appearance). Such pleas often disturb the public in cases in which guilt seems obvious from the start. However, everyone is entitled to a fair trial, and the innocent plea gives defense lawyers an opportunity to investigate, find extenuating circumstances, develop reasons punishment should be lenient, bargain with the District Attorney, and let the memories of witnesses fade. (See: plea, plea bargain, arraignment)

innocent

adjective blameless, culpa vacuus, free from guilt, guiltless, innocens, insons, sinless, unoffending, upright, virtuous, without harm, without offense
Associated concepts: innocent holder for value, innocent misrepresentation, innocent mistake, innocent purchaser, innocent third party, innocent trespass
Foreign phrases: Minatur innocentibus qui parcit nocennibus.He who spares the guilty threatens those who are innocent.
See also: blameless, clean, harmless, honest, inculpable, inexperienced, infant, ingenuous, innocuous, irreprehensible, moral, naive, nontoxic, not guilty, pardonable, pure, sincere, unaffected, unblemished, unimpeachable, unsuspecting
References in classic literature ?
Oh, do, do take my word for it that he is innocent.
If I was not innocent of this crime, I couldn't look at you and keep my secret to myself under the condescension of the present visit.
But don't try to make out I'm too innocent to eat a fat piglet if I could do it and not be found out.
Cornelius received this innocent confidence with a smile; he felt as if a ray of good fortune were shining on his path.
I agree with Lady Lydiard--I believe you are innocent, too; and I will leave no effort untried to find the proof of it.
Never did girl have more innocent boy-lover than I who had been so wicked-wise and violent beyond my years.
Did not this mute tryst betray the secret of her innocent soul?
But as we cannot possibly divine what complection our reader may be of, and as it will be some time before he will hear any more of Jenny, we think proper to give him a very early intimation, that Mr Allworthy was, and will hereafter appear to be, absolutely innocent of any criminal intention whatever.
Very well," he said; "I will submit to it; but I am innocent.
Murderous minstrel, instrument of evil, most innocent instrument
Why, David," said he, "the innocent have aye a chance to get assoiled in court; but for the lad that shot the bullet, I think the best place for him will be the heather.
My Lady Steyne knows that appearances are sometimes against the best of women; that lies are often told about the most innocent of them.