ACCUSE - Black's Law Dictionary

What is ACCUSE? Definition of ACCUSE in Black's Law Dictionary

To bring a formal charge against a person, to the effecf that he is guilty of a crime or punishable offense, before a court or magistrate having jurisdiction to inquire into the alleged crime. People v. Frey, 112 Mich. 251, 70 N W. 548.

In its popular sense "accusation" applies to all derogatory charges or imputations, whether or not they relate to a punishable legal offense, and however made, whether orally, by newspaper, or otherwise. People v. Braman, 30 Mich. 460. But in legal phraseology, it is limited to such accusations as have taken shape in a prosecution. United States v. Patterson, 150 U.S. 65, 14 S.Ct. 20, 37 L.Ed. 999.

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