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not proven

a third verdict available to Scottish courts, returned when there is evidence against the defendant but insufficient to convict
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Auld's acquittal of the 19-year-old drama student's murder sparked a national debate about the not proven verdict but a campaign to have it scrapped was unsuccessful.
And then there's the problematic not proven verdict which is long overdue for reform.
After a four-day trial in front of Lord Bracadale the jury of 13 women and two men delivered a not proven verdict.
On almost every occasion where I have seen the Not Proven verdict used in court, and it's used all the time, it has been in a case where the sheriff doesn't know who to believe.
Hibs managed to get the suspension overturned at a SFA Judiciary Panel hearing at Hampden on Thursday and the striker walked free on a not proven verdict.
A jury at Ayr Sheriff Court returned a majority not proven verdict on Jonathon "Mad Pup" Adair, 29, and co-accused Paul Cairney, 25, on the only charge left for them to consider - that they torched a woman's car outside her home in Troon on December 23.
Relatives wept and hurled abuse at Sean Flynn, 21, as the jury returned a not proven verdict at the end of his 22-day trial.
His alleged killer Brian Connell, 41, walked free due to a controversial not proven verdict.
McGraw had been accused of helping to mastermind a drugs run from Spain's Costa Del Sol - but walked free after the jury returned a not proven verdict.
But after a trial at the High Court in the city, McLauchlan was acquitted by a majority not proven verdict.
Barry Wilkes, 32, was accused of inflicting the injuries on the child but walked free after the jury returned a not proven verdict.