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acquit (one) of

To determine that one is not guilty of a crime or other wrongdoing. Everyone in the courtroom was shocked when the jury acquitted the defendant of murder.
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acquit someone of something

to establish someone's innocence of a criminal charge or the blame for some wrongdoing. The investigator acquitted Wally of the charges.
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The court made the decision to acquit Isakov and to reinstate him in his rank of the Lieutenant General based on that.
While a federal jury convicted the other four executives--who received sentences ranging from 3 to 11-1/2 years--it could not reach a verdict on Shanahan, though it did acquit him in one count.
If jurors were so concerned about female disorder, or so threatened by the specter of madmen murdering their family members, then why would they acquit so many authors of violent deeds?
The judge also directed the jury to acquit him of two other charges.
Under this law, the court can acquit the accused before the trial concludes if there is a lack of evidence against him.
However, the defence counsel pleaded the court to acquit the accused as they were not present on the scene.
I request the Public Prosecution to bring forward the documents to the next hearing, and for the court to acquit one of my clients who has only two months left and will complete his one-year sentence," he said.
And Cook County jurors were quick to exonerate, "no bill" (that is, not return a bill of indictment at the grand jury proceeding), and acquit killers, even those found glowering over their victims, gun--or hammer--in hand.
The judge yesterday also directed the jury to acquit Poole on two charges of ill-treating two male patients.
He pleaded the court to set aside the sentence and acquit the appellant.
Figures released by the Lord Chancellor's Department show juries in Liverpool are twice as likely to acquit as at the Old Bailey in London.
Latif Khosa, Zardari's lawyer, said he had asked a court in the city of Lahore to acquit his client because the charge was politically motivated and had not been proven.
Belfast Crown Court Judge Tom Burgess directed the jury to acquit 52-year-old Kenneth Hall of three counts of obtaining property by deception from the Northern Ireland Policing Board between August 2001 and August 2003.
The defendant's counsel pleaded the court to acquit the convict as there was no solid evidence against him.