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When a judge or jury finds that the person on trial is not guilty.

California Superior Court. “English Legal Glossary” (2005)

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    Acquittal is a finding of "not guilty," affirming the presumption of innocence of a person charged with a crime.

    Colorado Bar Association. “Glossary of Legal Terms”

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    In criminal law, a finding of not guilty. In contract law, a release, absolution, or discharge from an obligation, liability, or engagement.

    National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)

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    Acquittal is defined as a release from a criminal charge by a court, usually when the jury or judge finds the defendant “not guilty” after a trial.

    Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. “Women’s Legal Rights Handbook” (2015)

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    In criminal law the finding of “not guilty.” It is a finding by the jury that the State failed to prove the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt; it is not the equivalent of a finding of “innocent.”

    State Bar of Wisconsin. “News Reporters’ Legal Handbook”, 6th Ed. (2013)

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    An acquittal is defined as "a resolution [in defendant's favor], correct or not, of some or all of thefactual elements of the offense charged"

    United States v. Martin Linen Supply Co., 430 US 564,571 (1977) (emphasis added). Cited: O’Keefe, Mary S. “Acceptance of Partial Verdicts as a Safeguard Against Double Jeopardy.” Fordham L. Rev. 53 (1984): 889.

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    Acquittal is defined asincluding a "not guilty" verdict by the jury or judge in a bench trial

    Khanna, Vikramaditya S. “Double Jeopardy’s Asymmetric Appeal Rights: What Purpose Do They Serve.” BUL Rev. 82 (2002): 341.