nolle prosequi

nolle prosequi
nolle pros·e·qui /-'prä-sə-ˌkwī, -ˌkwē/ n [Latin, to be unwilling to pursue]: an entry in a criminal action denoting that the prosecutor will not prosecute the case further in whole or as to one or more of several counts or one or more of several defendants compare non prosequitur

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

nolle prosequi
(nol-ee pros-ee-kwee) Latin for "we shall no longer prosecute." At trial, this is an entry made on the record by a prosecutor in a criminal case or a plaintiff in a civil case stating that he will no longer pursue the matter. In a criminal case, the statement is an admission that the charges cannot be proved or that evidence has demonstrated either innocence or a fatal flaw in the prosecution's claim. An entry of nolle prosequi may be made at any time after charges are brought and before a verdict is returned or a plea entered. Most of the time, prosecutors need a judges permission to nol-pros a case.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

nolle prosequi
(Latin: Will not prosecute.)

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

nolle prosequi
[Latin, Will not prosecute.]
II Not willing to proceed.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

nolle prosequi
[no-lay pro-say-kwee]
   Latin for "we shall no longer prosecute," which is a declaration made to the judge by a prosecutor in a criminal case (or by a plaintiff in a civil lawsuit) either before or during trial, meaning the case against the defendant is being dropped. The statement is an admission that the charges cannot be proved, that evidence has demonstrated either innocence or a fatal flaw in the prosecution's claim or the district attorney has become convinced the accused is innocent. Understandably, usage of the phrase is rare. In the 1947 courtroom movie, Boomerang! the climactic moment arrived when the District Attorney himself proved the accused person innocent and declared nolle prosequi.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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