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not proven

(ˈprəʊvən)
adj
(Law) (postpositive) a third verdict available to Scottish courts, returned when there is evidence against the defendant but insufficient to convict
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Last Wednesday, the third day of a trial at Stirling Sheriff Court, the jury returned a not proven verdict and Kemp was acquitted.
Railway engineer David McDade, 35, walked free after a not proven verdict at the end of a two-week trial at the High Court in Dumbarton.
Scotland's controversial not proven verdict regularly comes under scrutiny.
Muirhead was cleared of this second charge after the jury returned a not proven verdict.
Richard Fuge, 54, of Dumbarton, was speaking after lorry driver Colin Kane was cleared by a not proven verdict of causing the death of his daughter Alice-Anne.
He was impassive as the jury of nine women and six men gave their not proven verdict at Perth High Court.
But after the Not Proven verdict at Glasgow's High Court, Yvonne, who lives with her mum - Johnstone's ex-wife Gwen Muir - in Erskine, Renfrewshire, said it was time people left him alone.
He was convicted of six counts of physical and sexual violence and cleared on a not proven verdict of one charge of rape.
An article in last week's paper stated that Paul Ferris "walked free on a not proven verdict after being accused of the murder of Arthur Thompson Jnr in 1992".
Pauline Moor, 36, fell to her knees screaming as the not proven verdict was delivered yesterday.
But I can't begin to contemplate how I would cope with a not proven verdict.
OUR front page story yesterday on the Francis Auld case had many readers online urging Holyrood to scrap the controversial not proven verdict.