Business, Legal & Accounting Glossary
Clearing of guilt or blame
Excusing or clearing of any wrongdoing.
adj. applied to evidence which may justify or excuse an accused defendant’s actions and which will tend to show the defendant is not guilty or has no criminal intent.
If a person makes an exculpatory statement, he or she is rejecting or denying culpability (blame) for a crime. For example: I didn’t do nuffin. The opposite, an Inculpatory statement, is an acceptance of culpability. Sometimes a statement that purports to be a Confession will contain mixed inculpatory and exculpatory elements: Alright, I done the robbery, but I didn’t shoot no-one.
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