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The generic name for the defendant in a criminal case. A person becomes accused within the meaning of a guarantee of Speedy Trial only at the point at which either formal indictment or information has been returned against him or her, or when he or she becomes subject to actual restraints on liberty imposed by arrest, whichever occurs first.

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n. a person charged with a crime.

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the person charged with a crime. In Scotland the accused in serious cases is often called the panel.
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ACCUSED. One who is charged with a crime or misdemeanor.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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