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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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He was acquitted of dragging a man patient by the hair, and the jury was directed by the judge to acquit him of two charges of ill-treating two me n.
Prosecuting QC David Hunter said the Crown did not intend to do so, and Judge Burgess then directed the jury to acquit.
Justice Qazi Faez Isa remarked ANF provides facility to the accused so that courts could acquit them.
He prayed the court to set aside the decision of the lower court and acquit his client.
He pleaded the court to acquit the convicts by setting aside their sentence.
He pleaded the bench to acquit him after setting aside his death sentence.
He pleaded the court to acquit the convicts after setting aside their sentence.
After hearing the parties' arguments the Apex Court suspending Lahore High Court's verdict directed to acquit the accused Zafar Iqbal.
He pleaded the court to set aside the sentence and acquit his client, as there was no solid evidence available against him.
He pleaded the bench to acquit them after setting aside their death sentence.