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defendant

The party sued in an action at law.Contrast actions in equity,in which the party sued is called a respondent.Today,these distinctions are largely irrelevant,but they may be encountered when reading old legal decisions.

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The Supreme Court thought it unfair to penalize the defendants by allowing their silence to be used to impeach them, after they had relied upon the assurances of the police that they had a right to remain silent.
Supreme Court on Monday made it more difficult for defendants to force the government to respond to claims of race-based prosecution.
After avoiding and denying for months thoughts of what might happen, many police-defendants feel defensive, frightened, and anxious when finally forced to accept the role of defendant, even though they may appear confident and unconcerned.
In its ruling, the District Court ordered that the Defendants "are restrained and enjoined, pending the Court's decision as to whether a preliminary injunction should issue, from commercially manufacturing, using, offering to sell, or selling within the United States or importing into the United States" the generic version of ACULAR(R) (ketorolac tromethamine ophthalmic solution) 0.
The four defendants are Brandon Hein, 19, of Oak Park; Jason Holland, 19, of Thousand Oaks; Micah Holland, 16, of Thousand Oaks, and Tony Miliotti, 18 of Westlake Village.
Most of the statutes fall into the first category; that is, these statutes create separate criminal offenses for which defendants can be charged, convicted, and sentenced.
The California Department of Corporations (Corporations) announced today that on June 29, 2005, a federal court in San Francisco entered a restraining order against defendants National Investment Consultants, Inc.
Deputy District Attorney Jeff Semow told jurors that Michael McLoren will testify how the four defendants attacked them to steal marijuana from a locked drawer in a backyard wood shack.
Although charging defendants with conspiracy can simplify most cases, some investigations require extraordinary means to achieve the desired results.