Scotch verdict


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Scotch verdict

n.
1. Law A verdict permitted in certain criminal cases that acquits the defendant but on the specified ground that guilt was not proven.
2. An inconclusive judgment or pronouncement.

Scotch′ ver′dict


n.
(in Scottish criminal law) a verdict of not proven.
[1910–15]
References in classic literature ?
Reason as I might, and plead as I might, he still persisted in referring me to the Scotch Verdict."
I got up again from the sofa, strong in a daring resolution which the Scotch Verdict had suddenly kindled in me--a resolution at once too sacred and too desperate to be confided, in the first instance, to any other than my husband's ear.
These morsels will feed the appetites of Bush's political adversaries, but too often the proper judgment is the Scotch verdict: "not proven." Further, it seems at times that Phillips is coming perilously close to a "Bad Seed" argument; that entitlement, arrogance, and anti-democratic impulses, are somehow encoded in the Bush DNA.