Tuesday, August 27, 2013Author: Gilbert Soesbee
(Last modified: 2013-08-27 08:52:34)
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT—Members of the Cocke County grand jury adjourned Monday after hearing 104 criminal cases.
The panel reported to Circuit Judge Ben W. Hooper II that they had returned 70 indictments, nine presentments which were opened for public inspection, 21 presentments which Judge Hooper ordered sealed until the arrest of the defendants, and four no true bills.
Grand jurors reportedly have a similar number of cases to consider on Tuesday, and several members of the panel have requested to tour the Cocke County Jail, both the cells on the third floor of the county courthouse and the main jail in the courthouse annex, before reporting their findings on Tuesday.
Both indictments and presentments are ways by which the state may bring criminal charges against potential defendants. A presentment differs from an indictment because presentments originate with the state and the grand jury rather than with warrants and proceedings in general sessions court.
Presentments are routinely sealed from public inspection until after the arrest of the accused.
For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.
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