ACCUSED - Black's Law Dictionary

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

"Accused" is the generic  name  for the defendant in a criminal case, and is more appropriate than either "prisoner" or "defendant." 1 Car. & K. 131.

The person against whom an accusation is made; one who is charged with a crime or misdemeanor. See People v. Braman, 30 Mich. 468. The term cannot be said to apply to a defendant in a civil action; Castle v. Houston, 19 Kan. 417, 37 Am.Rep. 127; and see Mosby v. Ins. Co., 31 Gratt. (Va.) 629.

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