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n. Law
A joint defendant.


criminal law a fellow defendant


(ˌkoʊ dɪˈfɛn dənt)

a joint defendant.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.codefendant - a defendant who has been joined together with one or more other defendants in a single action
defendant, suspect - a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused
corespondent, co-respondent - the codefendant charged with adultery with the estranged spouse in a divorce proceeding
respondent - the codefendant (especially in a divorce proceeding) who is accused of adultery with the corespondent
References in classic literature ?
victim's outcry for codefendants evokes a national assent.
Prosecutor Edmondo Bruti Liberati said the gunman first fired on his lawyer and codefendant, killing both and seriously injuring a second co-defendant.
Summary: Cheers erupt in courtroom when presiding judge orders release of Al Abdel Fattah and codefendant still in custody on bail of around $1,400.
A new codefendant, Rogers attorney David Fisher, was added to that case recently.
A separate counterclaim by the heirs of the late Central Bank governor Gregorio Licaros, another codefendant in the case, for P205 million was also denied.
Attorney's office says 24-year-old Brianna Greene of Buffalo and a codefendant also forged letters from Erie Community College and the unknowing landlord's employer to get the loan in 2005.
Given that earlier opinions correctly identified Sweetin and Rupert as early-day Bruton cases involving codefendant confessions, while no opinion had stated a rule on antagonistic defenses (although Birger and Lawson may have drifted dangerously close), it is striking that the next case in the lineage misread Sweetin to have been primarily about antagonistic defenses and pushed Illinois case law closer to an antagonistic defenses severance rule built on air, with no proper foundation in earlier opinions.
The second claim is that Ms Arani, as well as the three defendants she was representing, pressurised a codefendant to change his account.
Prosecutors said the recording was of former vice-president and codefendant Taha Yassin Ramadan, talking about the need to "change the social reality" in the town by removing "suspicious elements" and bringing in "replacements".
14] Feeney was convicted of two counts of robbery with a firearm after his codefendant, tried simultaneously before a separate jury, was acquitted.
Maryland was inadmissible under the facially incriminating analysis because the jury was compelled to link the confession to the codefendant, which violated Gray's Sixth Amendment constitutional guarantees.
The only real exception to this rule of thumb was that one would not speak directly to a codefendant physician, since he or she was represented by counsel and it would be a breach of legal ethics to do so, and what the codefendant said in the interview might have to be disclosed.