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frame-up

A situation manipulated so that an innocent person appears to have committed a crime (so that the actual criminal can avoid blame or detection). A: "It's a frame-up, officer, I swear! I would never go to a seedy place like that!" B: "Oh yeah? Then why did we find your fingerprints there?"
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frameup

verb
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frame-up

verb
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So when the KPK Chairman Antasari Azhar was arrested on a bizarre murder charge over the assassination of the director of a state owned pharmaceutical company, there emerged a story of intrigue, passion, jealousy and betrayal over a female golf caddy, of allegations of hit-jobs and frame-ups allegedly by top police officers and prosecutors from the Attorney GeneralA[sup.3]s Office, followed by the beleaguered KPK Chairman incriminating his own deputies on allegations of abuse of power and bribery, perhaps to try and save himself.
These secondary charges were countered by further allegations of frame-ups backed by a tape recording broadcast live by the Constitutional Court in which a justice broker, a wheeler and dealer trading in the perversion and corruption of justice, the brother of a man under KPK investigation, but typical of those bent upon the systemic subversion of justice in Indonesia, apparently conspired with police and prosecutors to incriminate the KPK deputies, even discussing another possible hit job, while allegedly claiming, repeated by others based on sensationalism and innuendo, that the President himself was said to back this.
This splendid evasion is an apt figure for all the frame-ups foiled in Darktown Strutters.
With allegations of police racism and frame-ups, and the lawyers' posturing for the television cameras, many thought the judicial system had been lastingly poisoned.
Each reading is designed to be superseded in a few pages or paragraphs, and they telegraph their destiny through a critical vocabulary--"games," "traps," "frame-ups," "shell game" --that slides, much too often, from the ludic or dialogic to the simply devaluative.
More often than not, judges see through the frame-ups and acquit the defendants.
When Mr Sheridan claimed they were part of a plot to topple him Mr Green exploded, saying: "For you to accuse me of monstrous frame-ups is shameful Tommy."
Mr Green then exploded: "For you to turn round and accuse the likes of myself of monstrous frame-ups - for any other socialist, never mind one of your standing - it is an appaling thing to do.
If the FBI's suppression of documents in his case, intentional or not, justifies a timeout, what about the rampant errors in dozens of frame-ups like Burrell's?
Mr Green then exploded: "For you to accuse the likes of myself of monstrous frame-ups, for any other socialist, never mind one of your standing, it is appalling.
In 1989, the force's Serious Crimes Squad was disbanded after claims of "frame-ups".