Friday, August 14, 2015

Phrase of the day: nolo contendere

The phrase of the day is nolo contendere:

(in a criminal case) a defendant's pleading that does not admit guilt but subjects him or her to punishment as though a guilty plea had been entered, the determination of guilt remaining open in other proceedings.

"I think some of the first work was done around 1960-1961, when one investigator was found to be falsifying records and was actually prosecuted by the Justice Department; he pleaded nolo contendere."

- Frances Kelsey, "Autobiographical Reflections", 2014 (

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