- n. Plural form of presentment.
“We also need volunteers to file the "presentments" with their local Sheriffs, Judges and / or Courts.”
“Legal experts say presentments have fallen out of favor in most states and the federal system because they are often viewed as prejudicial and inflammatory both to those charged with crimes, such as Mr. Sandusky, and those who aren't, such as Mike McQueary, a Penn State assistant coach who told the grand jury he witnessed an incident in a shower involving Mr. Sandusky and a young boy.”
“The use of presentments was common in the early part of the century but is now infrequent in many states and extremely rare in the federal system.”
“A spokesman for Linda Kelly, the prosecutor in the case and Pennsylvania's attorney general, said presentments are typical in cases brought by the attorney general's office.”
“In Pennsylvania, grand juries issued a handful of presentments in recent years, including in the criminal case against Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell, who was accused earlier this year of killing several babies who were born alive at his abortion clinic.”
“The scandal surrounding ex-football coach Jerry Sandusky at Penn State has cast a spotlight on a key aspect of Pennsylvania's legal system, which uses grand jury "presentments" as opposed to indictments.”
“Grand jury presentments were one way they could make their views known: On November 12, 1787, the grand jury of the Edenton district praised the Constitution and called on the state legislature to call a ratifying convention “on as early a day as possible.””
“This second figure ascended in the same manner as the first; but it was a female arm in this second instance which upheld the lamp from the subterranean vault out of which these presentments arose, and it was a female form, much resembling the first in shape and proportions, which slowly emerged from the floor.”
“Here also the suitors ofthe district made presentments or ‘wroge,’ as they are termed, of any offences consmitted within their knowledge, and which were to be punished by the Graff and Echevins.”
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