NIENT CULPABLE

NIENT CULPABLE

nient culpable (nee-ent k[schwa]l-p[schwa]-b[schwa]l), n. [Law French] Hist. A general plea of ¡°not guilty¡± in a tort or criminal action.

¡°When the prisoner hath thus pleaded not guilty, non culpabilis, or nient culpable; which was formerly used to be abbreviated upon the minutes, thus, ¡®non (or nient) cul.¡¯ the clerk of the assise, or clerk of the arraigns, on behalf of the crown replies, that the prisoner is guilty, and that he is ready to prove him so.¡± 4 William Blackstone, Commentaries on the Laws of England 333 (1769).


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