convicted, guilty
accuse, charge

The defendant was charged with disturbing the peace.

prosecute, sue

a defendant being sued by an insurance company

convict, find guilty

The defendant was convicted of murder.

The jury found the defendant guilty on all counts.


The defendant was sentenced to three years in prison.

acquit, find not guilty
plead guilt, plead not guilty
against the defendant

the plaintiff's claim against the defendant

for the defendant

Several witnesses gave evidence for the defendant.

defendant in

a defendant in bankruptcy proceedings

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