in·no·cent /'i-nə-sənt/ adj: characterized by innocence

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective blameless, culpa vacuus, faultless, free from guilt, guiltless, innocens, insons, sinless, unblamable, unoffending, upright, virtuous, without harm, without offense associated concepts: innocent holder for value, innocent misrepresentation, innocent mistake, innocent purchaser, innocent third party, innocent trespass foreign phrases:
- Mlnatur innocentibus qui parcit nocentibus. — He who spares the guilty threatens those who are innocent
II index blameless, clean, harmless, honest, inculpable, inexperienced, infant, ingenuous, innocuous, irreprehensible, moral, naive, nontoxic, not guilty, pardonable, pure, unaffected (sincere), unblemished, unimpeachable, unsuspecting

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Not guilty; in good faith; without intention of committing a wrong or knowledge that a wrong is being committed.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

A term that is often mistakenly equated to a plea of "not guilty." Innocence is not a legal term, but rather a philosophical, moral, or religious expression of nonresponsibility. By contrast, a not guilty plea simply means that the defendant is demanding that the prosecutor prove every part of the charged crime beyond a reasonable doubt. Many defendants who plead (and are found by the jury to be) not guilty are probably not innocent under any reasonable understanding of that term. Instead, the prosecutor may have simply failed to produce enough compelling evidence, failing to convince the jury beyond a reasonable doubt.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

Absent guilt; acting in good faith with no knowledge of defects, objections, or inculpative circumstances.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Absent guilt; acting in good faith with no knowledge of defects, objections, or inculpative circumstances.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   without guilt (not guilty). Usually the plea which an accused criminal defendant gives to the court at the time of his/her first appearance (or after a continued appearance). Such pleas often disturb the public in cases in which guilt seems obvious from the start. However, everyone is entitled to a fair trial, and the innocent plea gives defense lawyers an opportunity to investigate, find extenuating circumstances, develop reasons punishment should be lenient, bargain with the District Attorney, and let the memories of witnesses fade.
   See also: arraignment, plea, plea bargain

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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