bill of indictment

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Bill of Indictment

A formal written document that is drawn up by a government prosecutor accusing a designated person of having committed a felony or misdemeanor and which is presented to a Grand Jury so that it may take action upon it.

bill of indictment (US)

a formal document accusing a person or persons of crime, formerly presented to a grand jury for certification as a true bill but now signed by a court official.

BILL OF INDICTMENT. A written accusation of one or more persons, of a crime or misdemeanor, lawfully presented to a grand jury, convoked, to consider whether there is sufficient evidence of the charge contained therein to put the accused on trial. It is returned to the court with an indorsement of true bill (q. v.) when the grand jury are satisfied that the accused ought to be tried; or ignoramus, when they are ignorant of any just cause to put the accused upon hi.% trial.

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The bill of indictment presented against the defendant states that he started to collaborate with the Israeli intelligence service when he was working in a gas station in Kfar Etzion settlement, south of Bethlehem, in 1999.
The bill of indictment includes his multiple failures in Iraq, most notoriously an insistence on an invasion force too small to seize control of the country, his gratuitous intimidation and humiliation of military professionals, his bureaucratic megalomania, and his skill at side-stepping responsibility for bad decisions.
And Cook County jurors were quick to exonerate, "no bill" (that is, not return a bill of indictment at the grand jury proceeding), and acquit killers, even those found glowering over their victims, gun--or hammer--in hand.
At the first session of what is expected to be a lengthy trial, the prosecutor starts reading from a 400-page bill of indictment that depicts the two institutes as engaging in western-sponsored psychological war operations, with the aim of overthrowing the Islamic state.
The bill of indictment should be familiar by now: America is imperialistic, racist, sexist, homophobic, oppressive, materialistic, and vulgar -- a global scourge.
High on the bill of indictment against Haider is his hearty commendation of Hitler's economic policies, particularly regarding employment.
Laying aside all questions of politics and of method, we may properly consider the proposals of the President as a bill of indictment and measure our performance against it.
Edgar Hoover, and as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, a co-prosecutor of the Vietnam War, appeared a perfect fit for the cumulative bill of indictment lodged by his son's new heroes.
Four teenagers, who subsequently became known as the "Derry Four", were charged with the murder of Royal Welsh Fusiliers officer Kirby in February 1979, including Mr McGowan who was named on the bill of indictment.