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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.
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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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"All six persons have been acquitted by the court, this is a historic decision which will serve as a slap to the persons who wanted to divide the Hindus and Muslims and tried to build a narrative using this in the Parliament.
The top judge continued, "Accused are acquitted owing to false testimonies and then it is said that the court has acquitted them.
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Former telecom minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi were today acquitted by a special court in the 2G spectrum scam case.
Colonel Hossam Al-Shennawy, formerly of the State Security department at the Ministry of Interior, was acquitted by the court Tuesday after he was initially sentenced to 15 years in prison in absentia in June 2012.
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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.