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n. Law
A joint defendant.
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criminal law a fellow defendant
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(ˌkoʊ dɪˈfɛn dənt)

a joint defendant.
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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
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Moreover, although Americans are "endowed by their Creator" with abundant vice and folly, it is not generally known that these are reprehensible qualities, wherefore the satirist is popularly regarded as a soul-spirited knave, and his ever victim's outcry for codefendants evokes a national assent.
The joint counsel moved for separate trials, submitting affidavits to show that one defendant, Rose, would argue that he was present and saw his codefendant, Eckford, fire the fatal shot, whereas Eckford would argue that he was not present.
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".
Although the previously suggested sentence is legally acceptable to this point, a codefendant's defense attorney subsequently may seek greater detail of these denials or false statements in an attempt to discredit this witness and the government's version of these events.
Supreme Court resolved a split among various federal circuit courts by ruling in an action brought under rule 10b-5, the antifraud provision of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, that codefendants can seek contributions from each other (that is, the right of the party required to compensate a victim to a contribution from a codefendant jointly responsible for the injury).
However, Levitt was cautious when asked about proposals to replace the joint and several liability standard (holding codefendant third parties with "deep pockets" liable for losses based on their ability to pay) with proportionate liability (in which judgments against codefendants are based on their relative contributions to claimed losses).
One of CEASS's goals is to replace joint and several liability (under which any codefendant in a securities fraud case can be held liable for all damages awarded) with proportionate liability (under which penalties are based on relative contribution to any harm caused).
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 third codefendant, James Van Doran, pleaded guilty in August to a single count of money laundering for helping Barber hide money from his creditors.
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.