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acquit (one) of (something)

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. After hearing the prosecution's flimsy argument, the jury has to acquit me of this crime! I thought it was a gross miscarriage of justice to acquit the men of murder, in light of all the evidence connecting them to the scene of the crime.
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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The judge also directed the jury to acquit Rowland and Baxter of a single charge of wilfully neglecting a woman patient.
Prosecuting QC David Hunter said the Crown did not intend to do so, and Judge Burgess then directed the jury to acquit.
Judge Bashir had pronounced the decision under Section 265-K of the Code of Criminal Procedure which empowers a judge to acquit an accused if the evidence against him is insufficient.
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Mr Hayat pleaded to acquit his client of the charges, as the same were false and without evidence.
He pleaded the court to acquit the accused keeping in view record of the case.The court after hearing arguments acquitted the accused and disposed of the case.
The defence counsel argued that there was no evidence to connect his clients to the commission of the alleged offence and pleaded to the court to acquit them of all charges levelled against them on the basis of mala fide intentions on behalf of the police.
He pleaded the court to acquit his clients over lack of evidence.
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