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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John Dodds leaves court after pleading not guilty to conspiracy to defraud
Harry Street will face trial on October 2 after pleading not guilty to six charges during an appearance at Birmingham Crown Court.
Street, of Hazelville Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, was remanded in custody after pleading not guilty to making an explosive substance between January and October last year.
Detective Constable Jeffery Davies, 42, of Church Street, Pontsticill, Merthyr, based at Merthyr Tydfil Police Station, is pleading not guilty to all charges.
Unfortunately, by pleading not guilty they run the risk of upsetting the judge and getting a very harsh sentence.
The defence barrister acting for Benjamin O'Rourke said he would be pleading not guilty.
I pleaded guilty then but am pleading not guilty now."
Gordon Cole, defending, told Judge Clifton: ``I can indicate the defendant will be pleading not guilty.''
Speaking yesterday, Farooq said: "I know this will be a high-profile case, of course I will be pleading not guilty."
Rusnak's lawyer told a federal court in Baltimore yesterday that his client was pleading not guilty to all counts.