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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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Not proven verdict Stephanie Forbes and Nicola Granger
In July, a not proven verdict was returned in the cases of David McLean and Ryan Gilmour, who were accused of trying to murder two police officers in Glasgow with a 4x4 vehicle.
The jury of ten women and four men at Dumfries Sheriff Court returned a not proven verdict.
An article in last week's paper stated that Paul Ferris "walked free on a not proven verdict after being accused of the murder of Arthur Thompson Jnr in 1992".
After a four-day trial in front of Lord Bracadale the jury of 13 women and two men delivered a not proven verdict. Hobin, who left court with his father, refused to comment.
But I can't begin to contemplate how I would cope with a not proven verdict. It would mean the two men were probably guilty, but walked away without any punishment."
In 2005, Sean Flynn, 35, was acquitted of murdering Louise Tiffney following a 22-day trial at the High Court in Perth after the jury returned a not proven verdict. He had denied the charge.
Fleming was also accused of raping the woman at the campsite on July 7, 2013, but was cleared of that charge when the jury returned a not proven verdict.
The lawyer at the centre of America's notorious Death on the Staircase murder trial says he wishes the US had Scotland's controversial 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.
Auld walked free from the High Court on a not proven verdict despite overwhelming evidence linking him to her death.