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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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The BiH Prosecutor's Office filed a timely appeal from the trial judgment, in relation to the acquitting part of the judgment, on the grounds of error of fact and the sentencing decision, moving the Court to modify the judgment in this part so as to find the accused guilty also for the charges he was acquitted of, pursuant to which the accused's liability for those acts would be made part of a proper and lawful punishment, which will be lengthier than the one currently imposed.
BEIRUT: State Prosecutor Samir Hammoud Thursday requested the appeal and annulment of a court decision acquitting a man due to insufficient evidence who was suspected of inflicting fatal injuries on his wife, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Sept 4 ( ANI ): All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday did not approve the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court's order of convicting two out of the five accused in the 2007 Hyderabad twin blasts case and acquitting two others.
THERE is no point in gardai going before juries as they are acquitting gardai too frequently, a member of a complaints body claimed yesterday.
Petitioner prayed court to take back the decision of acquitting suspect Shehbaz Sharif and conduct his trial afresh.
ISLAMABAD -- The Supreme Court of Pakistan will hear the review petition on January 29, filed against the apex court's verdict acquitting Asia Bibi in a blasphemy case, on Thursday.
LAHORE -- The complainant in the Asia Bibi case, Qari Salam, has pleaded to the Supreme Court for an early hearing of his review petition on the court's verdict acquitting Asia Bibi, a Christian woman on death row since she was convicted on blasphemy charges in 2010.
Additional district and sessions judge Pervaiz-ul-Qadir-Memon had confessed to receiving Rs5 million for acquitting Shoaib Sheikh in the case.
An ADSJ Memon on October 31, 2016 had acquitted the Axact officials from the fake degree scandal and later the judge was sacked on February 15, 2018 due to his admission of receiving Rs5 million bribe for acquitting the accused persons.
He said that a case of criminal conspiracy preceding lynching and intentional murder of Mashal Khan was proved against the accused persons and the trial court had erred in acquitting them.
An accountability court has awarded eight-years sentence and imposed fine to the accused Sadaqat Saeed Malik/appellant for causing grave losses to the OGDCL by supplying defective machinery/material while acquitting the remaining accused in a reference filed in 2000.