codefendant


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codefendant

n. when more than one person or entity is sued in one lawsuit, each party sued is called a codefendant.

See: accomplice
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In the June 2012 decision, the Sandiganbayan ruled that the government's evidence by the government against Tan and his codefendants were inadequate, and that the testimonies, unverified affidavits and photocopied documents presented were hearsay.
Hotchkiss (1931) involved a defendant's complaint of likely prejudice from joint trial with a codefendant who previously had been convicted of a felony.
20] Rather, Velez claimed that, because his jury was excused when the third defendant testified against his codefendant, he was forced to call the third defendant during his own case and lose final closing argument.
In Bruton, codefendant Evans' out-of-court oral confessions to a postal inspector were introduced into evidence at his joint trial for postal armed robbery with petitioner George Williams Bruton.
Finding no prejudice, the court analogized to the one-sided antagonism in Minnecci, where Minnecci accused a codefendant of the murder but neither codefendant accused him, so Minnecci, like Davis, experienced no antagonism or prejudice.
The Court further reasoned that allowing codefendants to seek contribution from other codefendants merely raised the issue of how to apportion damages, rather than recognizing any new duties under 10b-5.
Lassey drove the codefendants away from the scene of the robbery to their homes.
In this situation, legal representatives may consider any references to codefendants in the confessor's signed statement as prejudicial to their clients' rights and possibly restrict using the statement as evidence.
Barbara Mazzitelli, speaking for her codefendants, Davidine LeBoyer and Natalya Skvirsky, said they "concealed nothing, and are relieved and gratified, not only that the Judge dismissed the case, but to not be obligated in the future to be responsible for more than-the house they were selling.
We would he prepared to support a rule," said Levitt, "that once a defendant settles a case, the liability of the codefendants is reduced by an amount equal to the greater of the amount paid or the settling defendant's proportionate responsibility.
bcgi, its codefendants and Freedom have filed a Joint Motion for Relief from Orders and Judgment in the District Court, requesting the court to vacate certain orders, including vacating the finding of willful infringement against bcgi.
OJ SIMPSON and two codefendants were expected to plead not guilty today to 12 charges, including kidnapping and armed robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room.