bench warrant


Definition of bench warrant 

: a warrant issued by a presiding judge or by a court against a person guilty of contempt or indicted for a crime

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When Turpin failed to appear for a pretrial hearing in July, a bench warrant was issued by a Las Cruces magistrate judge. Stephen Hawkins, The Seattle Times, "Turpin dismissed from TCU team after 2nd charge surfaces," 23 Oct. 2018 On the same day, the judge forfeited the bail bond and issued a bench warrant. Jessica Anderson,, "Judge had issued bench warrant for Rosedale man two weeks before police say he killed stepmother," 3 July 2018 Ryan Patrick Weinberger, 25, of the 1400 block of Darley Avenue in Baltimore, was arrested Monday on a Worcester County bench warrant in a case in which he is charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct. The Aegis, "Harford County police blotter," 25 May 2018 In March 2015, when Garcia Zarate finished his third federal prison term for felony reentry into the United States from Mexico, he was turned over to San Francisco on a decades-old bench warrant for alleged marijuana possession. Alene Tchekmedyian,, "Trump's immigration war with California has reached a fever pitch," 7 Mar. 2018 McGuire was arrested the next day, almost two months after the bench warrant in the theft case was issued. Jessica Anderson,, "Judge had issued bench warrant for Rosedale man two weeks before police say he killed stepmother," 3 July 2018 She was arrested on a bench warrant for felony theft and burglary charges, said Steve Durham, the jail's assistant director. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Female inmate dies at Louisville Metro Corrections," 29 June 2018 Thursday, June 21 Male, 18, arrested on suspicion of a felony bench warrant at Main Street. Ramona Sentinel, "Sheriff's Reports: June 18-24," 27 June 2018 Herrin has convictions in juvenile court for robbery, theft and burglary and was wanted on a $10,000 bench warrant at the time of Barreto-Sabalza’s death for a case filed last year, court records show. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "‘I’m literally so scared for my life’: Woman killed in Kent park feared boyfriend, police say," 25 June 2018

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1680, in the meaning defined above

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