American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To drop prosecution of by entering a nolle prosequi in court records.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abbreviation of nolle prosequi.
GNU Webster's 1913
- An abbrev. of nolle prosequi.
- v. To discontinue by entering a
nolle prosequi; to decline to prosecute.
- n. an entry in the court record to the effect that the plaintiff or prosecutor will not proceed
- v. drop prosecution of by entering a nolle prosequi in the court records
- Short for nolle prosequi. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When Smith elected to nol-pros a defendant, it was usually because he was aware of the likelihood of either an acquittal or a hung jury due to lack of evidence or proof of citizenship.”
“Most of the time, prosecutors need a judge’s permission to “nol-pros” a case.”
“The record is clear: the Bonita’s sailors, all foreigners, were quietly released after Smith decided to nol-pros their indictments.”
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