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plea of having not been at the scene of a crime alibi
principle pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo contendere); in civil law it must contain denials of all allegations in the plaintiff's comp answer
plaintiff's reply to a defendant's plea counterplea
defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him defence , defense , demurrer , denial
plea that delays the action without settling the cause of action; it can challenge the jurisdiction or claim disability of the defendant etc. (such defenses are usually raised in the defendant's answer) dilatory plea
(criminal law) a plea in which the defendant claims innocence due to mental incompetence at the time insanity plea , plea of insanity
written plea to one in power petition
(criminal law) a negotiation in which the defendant agrees to enter a plea of guilty to a lesser charge and the prosecutor agrees to drop a more serious charge plea bargain , plea bargaining
guilty plea in exchange for reduced charge plea bargaining
(law) a pleading made by a plaintiff in reply to the defendant's plea or answer replication
seek to obtain by request or plea solicit
urgent plea SOS
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