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
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.
Rusnak's lawyer told a federal court in Baltimore yesterday that his client was pleading not guilty to all counts.