Scottish verdict

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Tue Nov 2 18:08:13 UTC 2010

From: Paul Frank

I heard someone refer to the "Scotch verdict" on the Beeb today - also
known as the "Scottish verdict" or "Scots verdict," i.e. a verdict of
"not proven." It's a term I've heard dozens of times over the past 30
years. In Scotland (I used to have a Scottish girlfriend; she dumped
me) some people call it the "bastard verdict."

I've heard it defined succinctly as: "Guilty but lucky."


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