|Published: 9:21 AM, 07/18/2013
||Last updated: 9:21 AM, 07/18/2013
Author: Gilbert Soesbee
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT—Plowing through an 84-page criminal court docket
this week, Circuit Judge Ben W. Hooper II heard guilty pleas and legal motions,
not to mention arraigning almost 200 people who were indicted on July 2 by the
Cocke County Grand Jury.
The plea-bargained cases covered a variety of topics,
ranging from drugs to theft and misdemeanor traffic defenses. Judge Hooper
handled those cases on just Monday and Tuesday. There is another cay of
criminal non-jury cases set on Friday.
One of two people who were living with two small children
in a house where prosecutors say methamphetamine was allegedly being made
entered a guilty plea Monday before Judge Hooper. The second defendant may also
enter a plea but has applied for a diversion program.
For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the
Newport Plain Talk.
Subscribe to The Newport Plain Talk by clicking SUBSCRIBE.
Sign up for Breaking News emails from The Newport Plain Talk by clicking EMAIL ALERTS and inputting
your email address next to "Add Me" near the top right corner.