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Plea bargains come before Judge Hooper

Published: 8:06 AM, 01/29/2013

Author: Gilbert Soesbee
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT—In a three-day, holiday-shortened term of criminal court last week, Circuit Judge Ben W. Hooper II plowed through a 66-page docket.

Holding court on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, Judge Hooper conducted arraignment hearings for most of the defendants accused in the nearly 100 indictments and presentments returned by the Cocke County Grand Jury on January 7 and 8. The judge then turned his attention to numerous negotiated plea-bargains in pending criminal cases and sentencing hearings, including that of a local man who had been expecting to be released on pre-trial diversion, but found himself in jail after failing a drug test.

For more details, see Tuesday's edition of The Newport Plain Talk.

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