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Grand jury ends first day with 87 cases

Published: 8:14 AM, 02/25/2014 Last updated: 8:15 AM, 02/25/2014
 

Author: Gilbert Soesbee
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT—Members of the Cocke County Grand Jury closed the first day of a two-day session Monday afternoon by reporting decisions in 87 cases.The panel reported to Circuit Judge Ben W. Hooper II about 3:15 Monday afternoon. Grand jurors returned 52 true bills of indictment, 24 sealed presentments, eight unsealed presentments, and three no true bills. A half-day session is expected for the grand jury on Tuesday.Indictments and presentments are both ways in which to bring criminal charges against defendants in circuit court. A presentment differs from an indictment in that the case originated with the grand jury rather than with warrants and proceedings in general sessions court. Presentments are routinely sealed from public inspection until the arrest of the defendants named in the documents.By returning a no true bill the grand jury indicated that it found insufficient evidence, insufficient probable cause, or another legal reason not to continue the prosecution of the case.Arraignments for those indicted this week are set for Wednesday, March 5, before Judge Hooper in the circuit courtroom beginning at 9 a.m.For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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