|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
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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