GUILTY. The state or condition of a person who has committed a crime,
misdemeanor or offence.
2. This word implies a malicious intent, and must be applied to
something universally allowed to be a crime. Cowp. 275.
3. In pleading, it is a plea by which a defendant who is charged with a
crime, misdemeanor or tort, admits or confesses it. In criminal proceedings,
when the accused is arraigned, the clerk asks him,: How say you, A B, are
you guilty or not guilty?" His answer, which is given ore tenus, is called
his plea; and when he admits the charge in the indictment he answers or
, at fault
, to blame