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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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(333) Among 27 assigned errors, the defendant contended that the trial court improperly denied his motion for severance and erroneously admitted a codefendant's confession; because the only basis for Betson's severance motion was a vague intimation of prejudice from codefendants' statements, these constituted the same error in different clothing.
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.
After the witness criticizes a codefendant for failing to follow a rule (or simply criticizes the violation, which can be just as helpful), follow up by asking "competence" questions.
On appeal, Velez did not argue that the multiple jury system was inherently prejudicial.[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.[21] The Velez court rejected this position, noting that the defendant did not request final closing argument and called another witness to testify in addition to the third defendant.[22] On the propriety of multiple jury trials, Velez was cautious yet favorable:
Maryland was inadmissible under the facially incriminating analysis because the jury was compelled to link the confession to the codefendant, which violated Gray's Sixth Amendment constitutional guarantees.
Securities litigation reform is strongly supported by independent auditors, investment bankers and others often named as codefendants. "Proportionality is especially welcomed by the accounting profession and others who are sued only because they are deep pockets," commented Philip B.
As to her first claim, although the codefendants all participated in the same scheme, they were not similarly situated for sentencing purposes: Staten's codefendants had fewer prior convictions, fewer open cases, pled guilty to fewer counts, had fewer dismissed counts read in, and had only misdemeanor repeater enhancers rather than felony repeater enhancers.
Ibrahim, 29, of Stoke Newington, North London, and his five codefendants deny charges of conspiracy to murder and cause explosions.
He drove the car in question, he was drinking and partying with the codefendants as they planned the robbery.
Defending Scheidler and his codefendants are Chicago lawyer Tom Brejcha and the Thomas More Society of Pro-Life Law Centre.
Higgins was granted bail on condition he does not enter industrial estates, not to associate with his codefendants and placed on a curfew between the hours of 7pm and 7am.
BELGIUM'S public enemy Number One and three codefendants went on trial today for kidnapping, abusing and killing young girls.