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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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Earlier in October 2013, the Patna High Court had acquitted all the 26 accused persons in the 1998 killing of 58 Dalits at Laxmanpur-Bathe village in Jehanabad district.
The court, after hearing arguments from both sides and analysing the record, acquitted all five men on the grounds of poor investigation.
On February 7, the ATC sentenced the prime accused, Imran Ali, to death, awarded jail sentence to 30 people and acquitted 26 others.
Others acquitted in the case are former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura, Raja's erstwhile private secretary R K Chandolia, Swan Telecom promoters Shahid Usman Balwa and Vinod Goenka, Unitech Ltd MD Sanjay Chandra and three top executives of Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (RADAG) -- Gautam Doshi, Surendra Pipara and Hari Nair.
Considering that accused Valdes, Morato, Roquero and Taruc were all members of the Board of Directors of the PCSO and are similarly charged of the same offense, and considering further that accused Morato, Roquero and Taruc had been acquitted in this case, the Court has no choice but to acquit accused Valdes as well,' read the resolution penned by Justice Efren N.
The Alexandria Criminal Court acquitted a police officer who was accused of partaking in the killing of Sayed Belal, who was tortured to death in 2011 shortly before the 25 January Revolution.
The defendants were acquitted of a number of more serious charges, including conspiracy to distribute a much larger quantity of crack.
An Albania court has acquitted a former central bank head.
Another accused contractor Arshad Majeed has already been acquitted after returning back his share while advisor to the then chief minister Niyaz Ali sought acquittal after the plea bargaining of 20 million rupees.
A CATHOLIC priest has resigned nearly two years after he was acquitted of sexual assault charges.
The Criminal Court, headed by Judge Mamoon Abdulaziz, has acquitted a company manager accused of stealing aluminium and steel materials from his sponsor's firm, local daily Al-Sharq has reported.
Summary: A Pakistani man accused of more than 100 counts of manslaughter in the port city of Karachi has been released after he was acquitted in many cases and got bail in the rest, a media report said.
Three were jailed for three years each and the fourth was jailed for 12 months by the National Safety Court, while a fifth man was acquitted.
He accused the leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, of making " thoughtless allegations" against him and said he had never told the committee that Thomas had been acquitted in the palmolein case.
RAWALPINDI, June 10 -- Judge of ATC Muhammad Akram Awan Wednesday acquitted honourably 18 accused allegedly involved in Aabpara, district court suicide attack and district court firing case due to the absence of any concrete proof against them.