bill of indictment

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bill of indictment a formal document written for a prosecuting attorney charging a person with some offense
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bill of indictment a written accusation lawfully presented to a grand jury. If the jury consider the evidence sufficient to support the accusation, they indorse it “A true bill,” otherwise they write upon it “Not a true bill,” or “Not found,” or “Ignoramus”, or “Ignored.”
    • Bill of indictment See under Bill.
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Usage

In literature:

Not until the so-called Poland Bill of 1874 became a law was any one connected with the Mountain Meadows Massacre even indicted.
"The Story of the Mormons From the Date of their Origin to the Year 1901" by William Alexander Linn
Two days afterwards a bill of indictment was found against him for high misdemeanour.
"The Journal to Stella" by Jonathan Swift
There was no bill of indictment, no arraignment, no counsel.
"The Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II." by John Lothrop Motley
He accordingly drew up an indictment and procured the finding of a true bill against Helton.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 3 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society
He accordingly drew up an indictment and procured the finding of a true bill against Helton.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
The sheriff presented bills of indictment to the twenty-four members of the grand jury.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
Hamilton's reply to this bill of indictment was simple and straightforward.
"History of the United States" by Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
Lisardo shall draw up a bill of indictment against you, and Lysander shall be your judge.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
The State's Attorney, Charles Coldman, took the bill of indictment from the hand of the clerk, and proceeded to open the case.
"Tried for Her Life" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
Bills of indictment had been found against some of the rioters.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
There is, first, the bill of rights, and then the indictment.
"Junius Unmasked" by Joel Moody
The latter handed to Raby the bill of his indictment.
"The Strange Story of Rab Ráby" by Mór Jókai
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In news:

California Gov Jerry Brown wrote a tough indictment of data-based school reform in a message he wrote vetoing a bill that would have changed the state's accountability system for public schools.
The kind of journalism that gets people talking, uncorks indictments, passes bills, frees the unjustly incarcerated, and might convince people to pay for their news.
A Howard County grand jury handed down more than a dozen indictments in 118th District Court Thursday afternoon, including true bills for first-degree felony charges of attempted robbery and sexual assault of a child.
Ireland's High Court ruled against extraditing former Irish political party leader Seán Garland to the US, where he has been indicted for circulating North Korean forgeries of $100 bills.
Charlie Trie , a longtime friend of President Bill Clinton, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington in connection with campaign finance abuses, CNN has learned.
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