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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He pleads not guilty to receiving fraudulent payments.
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.
(RHC) chief executive officer Maria Ressa pleads not guilty to P70.228-M tax evasion cases before the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA).
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Dahar pleads not guilty to making threats to kill and affray and his brother Lokesh Dahar, 21, pleads not guilty to intimidating a witness and affray.
Antonio Trillanes IV pleads not guilty to the 4 charges of libel filed before RTC Branch 54 here in Davao City | (????: Davao Breaking News) via Edith Regalado pic.