from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To drop prosecution of by entering a nolle prosequi in court records.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To discontinue by entering a nolle prosequi; to decline to prosecute.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- An abbrev. of nolle prosequi.
- transitive v. To discontinue by entering a nolle prosequi; to decline to prosecute.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An abbreviation of nolle prosequi.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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.