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Law a formal charge brought against a person stating the crime that he is alleged to have committed



in law:

(1) Procedural activity by legally empowered agencies or persons consisting in proving the guilt of a person who is being tried for a crime. Soviet law envisions three types of accusation: state, social, and private. State accusation is carried out by the prosecutor, social accusation is conducted by an authorized representative of an organization of working people (public prosecutor), and private accusation is conducted by the victim personally or through a representative. In some instances of private accusation the prosecuting attorney may press charges along with the victim or his representative. The law of some Union republics permits the victim to participate in pressing charges in cases other than those involving private accusation.

(2) The content of the accusation, formulated in the conclusion to indict; formulation of the accusation brought by the prosecutor and set forth in his speech.

References in classic literature ?
The accusations of both might be summed up in a formula.
He would also have inferred that Miss Letitia's inquiries had proved her accusation to be well founded--if he had known of the new teacher's sudden dismissal from the school.
And if they are unable to expel him, or to get him condemned to death by a public accusation, they conspire to assassinate him.
The cloud of a horrible accusation has rested on me for years.
I hope it may not,' said the Secretary in a lower voice, 'be the result of the false accusation which has been retracted.
Seeing that for such direct accusation before witnesses, if false or even mistaken, I should myself in a certain sense be made responsible, I am aware of that.
Either one of these accusations, if proved, would be sufficient grounds for your execution, but we are a just people and you shall have a trial on our return to Thark, if Tal Hajus so commands.
She accuses me of ingratitude, and denies the accusations made against herself with regard to Monsieur Bwikov.
The afflicted now grew bolder in their accusations.
At this period of their Quarrel I entered the Library and was as you may imagine equally offended as Sophia at the ill-grounded accusations of the malevolent and contemptible Macdonald.
in one city there must of necessity be two, and those contrary to each other; for he makes the military the guardians of the state, and the husbandman, artisans, and others, citizens; and all those quarrels, accusations, and things of the like sort, which he says are the bane of other cities, will be found in his also: notwithstanding Socrates says they will not want many laws in consequence of their education, but such only as may be necessary for regulating the streets, the markets, and the like, while at the same time it is the education of the military only that he has taken any care of.
The contemptuously respectful attitude of the younger men to the old man in his dotage was expressed in the highest degree by the behavior of Chichagov, who knew of the accusations that were being directed against Kutuzov.