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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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Defense counsel said defendants settled the Ruth case because procedural issues bad emerged that might have limited their ability to fully present their case to the jury, and that trying the case would have served little purpose in the overall adjudication of the pending welding fume lawsuits because of Mr.
None of the five defendants was older than 16, nor were many of the jurors.
There are, however, limits on what defendants (and subsequent triers-of-fact) are entitled to learn about law enforcement witnesses, notwithstanding the fact that the information relates to the witnesses' veracity.
The central question of Sell was whether the government can drug mentally ill defendants against their will to force them to stand trial.
T]he point is that the evidence is plain that the defendants [the Uzans] undertook fraudulent and collusive actions in Turkey to procure sham injunctions whose sole purpose was to avoid compliance with this Court's orders and proceedings, and that accordingly the claim that this Court's disregard of defendants' machinations somehow constitutes error is without substance.
If suing multiple defendants, the plaintiff could choose which defendant to use in support of venue in a particular county.
The district court granted summary judgment for the defendants and the appeals court affirmed The appeals court held that the prison's no-gift publications policy violated the prisoner's First Amendment rights but that prison officials were entitled to qualified immunity.
5 million the state says it ought to collect from defendants over the next two years.
Today, a jury may learn of a defendant's past convictions under some limited circumstances: If the defendant himself testifies and the information is used to impeach his credibility, or if it is introduced for one of several other narrow purposes permitted by state law.
For example, that act provides that defendants determined to be less than 60% at fault are liable solely for damages proportionate to their percentage of fault, and not for any portion of harm done by any other entity.
Because of the large number of defendants, prosecutors opted to break the case up into two trials.