indictment, bill of indictment(noun)
a formal document written for a prosecuting attorney charging a person with some offense
an accusation of wrongdoing
"the book is an indictment of modern philosophy"
an official written accusation on behalf of the government for a serious offence; a document outlining serious charges of an accused
the act of indicting, or the state of being indicted
the formal statement of an offense, as framed by the prosecuting authority of the State, and found by the grand jury
an accusation in general; a formal accusation
Origin: [Cf. Inditement.]
An indictment, in the common law system, is a formal accusation that a person has committed a crime. In jurisdictions that maintain the concept of felonies, the most serious criminal offence is a felony; jurisdictions that lack the concept of felonies often use that of an indictable offence—an offence that requires an indictment. In most common law jurisdictions, an indictment was handed up by a grand jury, which returned a "true bill" if it found cause to make the charge, or "no bill" if it did not find cause. The right of one accused of a felony or serious crime to have the charges reviewed for probable cause by a grand jury before being tried by a petit jury, except for certain cases tried in courts-martial, is secured by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, but this has been abolished in most parts of the world.
The numerical value of indictment in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of indictment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
This indictment will add to their suspicion, where can we buy? Which one is halal?
The Kenya High Court decision in Meru ... was a serious indictment on the National Police Service, let's give the police service a human face.
The guilty verdict is a damning indictment of the government's failure to reform the system that traps women in a cycle of abuse and exploitation.
This investigation has been going on for over a year and yet the very week they announce a pending indictment comes within hours after Sen. Menendez showing courage to speak out against President Obama's dangerous foreign policy.
They will continue their investigations unless and until a new boss tells them to stop, i mean, the real power of a US attorney is not to control investigations day-to-day but to say, 'Look, we're not pursuing X or we are pursuing Y.' And 'I will not sign an indictment or I will sign an indictment.' The real question will be who comes in to replace him long-term and whether that person has a similarly aggressive attitude.
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- syytös, syytekirjelmä, syyteFinnish
- mise en examen, acte d'accusation, inculpationFrench
- обвинение, обвинительный актRussian
- obžaloba, žaloba, obvinenieSlovak
- iddianame, savcaTurkish
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