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To accuse; to involve in blame or guilt.

When an individual who has committed a crime imputes guilt upon another individual, he or she is thereby inculpating such individual.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

TO INCULPATE. To accuse one of 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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that discovery will reveal inculpating facts and also the likely
Legal scholarship has similarly shown that the privilege plays "no significant role in cases in which the evidence inculpating the defendant is overwhelming." (140) When the prosecution has sufficient evidentiary material to prove guilt, the defendant's behavior--testifying or remaining silent--has no bearing on the court's decision.
Yet Bopp, with its references to antagonism and, fatefully, to evidence exculpating one defendant but inculpating another, would later be taken out of the joint representation context and used to justify Illinois' supposed rule on antagonistic defenses.
In yesteryear, an aggrieved person who did not observe the act that resulted in injury, or have documentary evidence to prove it, was dependent upon the voluntary cooperation of third party witnesses and the possibility of inculpating extrajudicial admissions by the opposing party....
Protecting "some thiefe or outlaw" was as inculpating as patronizing a work of Marian praise.
Inculpating diction and anaphoric tensions make Kumin's "What you do," a pantoum whose title leads into the first line, absolutely searing and haunting:
So, what we see in the ongoing media huff about Pinochet are charges about what allegedly happened 20-30 years ago during a genuine war against terror, in which there is little evidence inculpating Pinochet.
Each of these groups often sought to exculpate itself at the cost of inculpating the other.
Because Raskolnikov knew he committed a crime, however, he intentionally covered up potentially inculpating facts and evidence.
In the cooperating witness section, Shuy describes six separate criminal investigations involving alleged solicitation of murder, murder, stolen property, business fraud, contract fraud, and sexual misconduct respectively and then analyzes how cooperating witnesses attempted to use the conversational techniques of using ambiguous phrases, not taking "no" for an answer to a inculpating question, or lying to establish the target's guilt.
Like both the bed and the sword-knife, much of the rest of the poem's imagery contributes strongly to its modernity, inculpating us and our mundane existences.