plead not guilty (to something)

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plead not guilty (to something)

To formally deny that one is guilty (of some crime or accusation). The defendant pleaded not guilty, and he will go to trial where he will face the possibility of life in prison, or even death. My client pleads not guilty, your honor.
See also: guilty, not, plead
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To this indictment, Christopher Nubbles, in a low and trembling voice, pleaded Not Guilty; and here, let those who are in the habit of forming hasty judgments from appearances, and who would have had Christopher, if innocent, speak out very strong and loud, observe, that confinement and anxiety will subdue the stoutest hearts; and that to one who has been close shut up, though it be only for ten or eleven days, seeing but stone walls and a very few stony faces, the sudden entrance into a great hall filled with life, is a rather disconcerting and startling circumstance.
Charles Darnay had yesterday pleaded Not Guilty to an indictment denouncing him (with infinite jingle and jangle) for that he was a false traitor to our serene, illustrious, excellent, and so forth, prince, our Lord the King, by reason of his having, on divers occasions, and by divers means and ways, assisted Lewis, the French King, in his wars against our said serene, illustrious, excellent, and so forth; that was to say, by coming and going, between the dominions of our said serene, illustrious, excellent, and so forth, and those of the said French Lewis, and wickedly, falsely, traitorously, and otherwise evil-adverbiously, revealing to the said French Lewis what forces our said serene, illustrious, excellent, and so forth, had in preparation to send to Canada and North America.
He bowed respectfully to the Bench, and pleaded Not Guilty, in a low voice.
Having heard his accusation from the mouth of Mrs Wilkins, he pleaded not guilty, making many vehement protestations of his innocence.
Salar Hassan-Latif, Saman Nabi and Bryiar Maghdid-Hammad, from Middlesbrough, pleaded not guilty to three conspiracy charges.
William McCubbin, of Thorburn Crescent, Annan, pleaded not guilty to striking another man on the head with a glass at the Commercial Inn in Annan, last October, causing him to fall to the floor, and punching him repeatedly on the head and body.
Kelly who is accused of several sexual abuse charges, pleaded not guilty in the New York City on Friday.
TWO men have pleaded not guilty to the murder of a teenager stabbed in Cardiff.
Abdulghalil Aldobhani and Shaddad pleaded not guilty while Mustafa Aldobhani didn't enter a plea.
Singer, Azeez Fashola, alias Naira Marley, Monday morning appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to the cyber fraud charges pressed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Homayoun Zadeh, an associate professor of dentistry at the University of Southern California (USC), has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiring to launder money and commit fraud in an effort to get his daughter admitted to USC.
A former Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) banker, who was extradited from Malaysia to the US to face charges over his involvement in the 1MDB scandal, has pleaded not guilty.
MURDER accused Leighton Barrass has pleaded not guilty to stabbing teenager Connor Brown to death.
An Ingleside man pleaded not guilty in Lake County court Thursday afternoon to multiple counts of sexually assaulting a child.
Rappler chief Ressa pleads not guilty to tax cases !-- -- (philstar.com) - April 3, 2019 - 1:54pm MANILA, Philippines Rappler CEO and veteran journalist Maria Ressa on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to the government's tax evasion charges against her.