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guilt

responsibility for a criminal or moral offence deserving punishment or a penalty.
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GUILT, crim. law. That quality which renders criminal and liable to punishment; or it is that disposition to violate the law, which has manifested itself by some act already done. The opposite of innocence. Vide Rutherf. Inst. B. 1, c. 18, s. 10.
     2. In general everyone is presumed innocent until guilt has been proved; but in some cases the presumption of guilt overthrows that of innocence; as, for example, where a party destroys evidence to which the opposite party is entitled. The spoliation of papers, material to show the neutral character of a vessel, furnishes strong presumption against the neutrality of the ship. 2 Wheat. 227. Vide Spoliation.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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If anything, the guilty verdict on all 10 criminal counts handed down by a federal court in Brooklyn, New York yesterday could mean Guzman's six sons will have to grow-up faster to regain total control of the drug empire their murderous father grew into the most powerful drug cartel on the planet.
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Former Bangsamoro Transition Committee member Samira Gutoc, meanwhile, said that the guilty verdict on the three policemen will 'inspire' the courts to quickly resolve other pending cases.
Souroullas had likewise appealed to have the guilty verdict itself reversed, but the Supreme Court rejected this.
But some continue to believe the guilty verdict is unsafe.
A Lane County jury deliberated less than an hour before returning unanimous guilty verdicts early Friday afternoon against a man charged with sexually abusing an acquaintance's child and then later coercing the still-underage girl into sending him nude images of herself.
The findings are telling: 47 per cent of jurors returned a guilty verdict when a defendant was in an open dock.
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