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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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Rather than act on this knowledge, the 17-year-old said that he waited for 15 minutes for his co-defendants to reappear "carrying cash in their hands.
Police had received information that the Saudi man was dealing in forged currency, while the Qatari co-defendant was assisting him.
His co-defendant was later tracked down through police sources, but was cleared of all charges.
Police were on hand and swooped to arrested the smuggler along with his co-defendant, who was present with him in his car.
His co-defendant was also jailed for a year and fined BD500 for using hashish.
Prosecutors said the carjacking was a gang-initiation crime in which Matheu was a trainee and co-defendant Mario Garcia played the leadership role.
We questioned the defendant, who told us he received the drugs from his co-defendant," added the officer.
He handed over the drugs to the co-defendant who then sold it all over the country making thousands of dinars in profits.
The court sent the case of Clinton Young back to trial court to look into claims that Young's co-defendant, a main witness for the state at trial, lied in his testimony.
He and a co-defendant were charged with conspiring to traffic the horns of the critically-endangered black rhinos by using a buyer to purchase two from a Texan taxidermist.
A man on trial for fraudulent bankruptcy opened fire in a Milan courthouse, killing his lawyer, a co-defendant and a judge before escaping amid the chaos, The Guardian reports.
The defence team for two other leading Muslim Brotherhood members -- Mohamed Al-Beltagy and Safwat Hegazy -- have asked that judges recuse themselves in two cases in which Morsi is a co-defendant.