implied acquittal

Definition of "implied acquittal"
  1. The perception of an individual being cleared from a serious crime due to the conviction of a lesser subsumed crime, despite no explicit verdict on the severe crime
How to use "implied acquittal" in a sentence
  1. In the trial, the jury pronounced a guilty verdict for manslaughter, resulting in an implied acquittal for the original charge of first-degree murder.
  2. The defendant was charged with multiple crimes, but his conviction for a minor offense led to an implied acquittal for the major offense.
  3. When the judge pronounced the defendant guilty of simple assault, rather than aggravated assault, it was seen as an implied acquittal for more severe charges.

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