Definition - What does Innocent mean?

Innocent means not guilty of a particular crime. A person who is considered, or voted, innocent by a jury is free from any potential blame or responsibility for the crime. If the person is deemed innocent, they are also liberated from any moral or legal consequences of the accused crime.

Justipedia explains Innocent

When a person is accused of a crime, they stand trial to determine whether or not he they are innocent. This is the central purpose of criminal law. Under the U.S. Constitution, a trial by a jury of peers is a right of the accused. During trial, the defendant tries to prove that they are innocent while the prosecution tries to prove that they are guilty. Ultimately, the jury decides the verdict. If the defendant is found innocent, then they face no legal consequences. If the defendant is voted guilty, then they will face legal consequences.

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