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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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After a not proven verdict at a HighCourttrial in November 2015, she successfully sued Coxen, from Bury, Manchester, for damages last year in a legal case that was the first of its kind in Scotland.
But the SFA last night delivered a not proven verdict. Brown was represented by Nick De Marco QC.
She sobbed uncontrollably when a not proven verdict was returned for both accused after a trial at Paisley Sheriff Court.
A jury at Dumfries Sheriff Court returned a not proven verdict on the charge against 45-year-old Alan Cockburn.
Last Wednesday, the third day of a trial at Stirling Sheriff Court, the jury returned a not proven verdict and Kemp was acquitted.
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.
Shadow attorney general Dominic Grieve said: "What is the purpose of introducing a not proven verdict? People want certainty and I am at a loss to understand why the Home Secretary might think this course of action necessary".
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.
After a four-week trial at the High Court in Glasgow, Shayla walked free on a not proven verdict.