true bill

noun

Definition of true bill

: a bill of indictment endorsed by a grand jury as warranting prosecution of the accused

Examples of true bill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The case was being presented to a Cuyahoga County grand jury on March 11, in hopes of a true bill that would put him before a judge in Mental Health Court. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Those feds in El Paso keep calling for bitcoin: Hunting Valley Police Blotter," 13 Mar. 2021 The Multnomah County District Attorney announced the development Friday, one week after jurors issued a not-true bill against Dario Papa-Vicente on any charges related to the killing of Noah Terry. oregonlive, "Charges dropped against man accused of killing 22-year-old in SE Portland," 16 Jan. 2021 Nevertheless, these cases do not result in no true bills. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Why It’s Unlikely the McCabe Grand Jury Voted against Indictment," 14 Sep. 2019 The grand jury returned a true bill (i.e., indictment) on Aug. 8. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "The Consequences Patrick Chung Could Face For His Felony Cocaine Charge," 22 Aug. 2019 No competent federal prosecutor should ever get a no true bill from a grand jury. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Why It’s Unlikely the McCabe Grand Jury Voted against Indictment," 14 Sep. 2019 What would shock me, though, is if the experienced federal prosecutors handling McCabe’s case bungled their way into a no true bill. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Why It’s Unlikely the McCabe Grand Jury Voted against Indictment," 14 Sep. 2019 The grand jury returned a not true bill regarding Officer Nathan Kirby-Glatkowski, who shot and killed David Wayne Downs. oregonlive.com, "Grand jury decides Portland police officer was justified in June 9 shooting," 17 Aug. 2019 All felony arrests go before a grand jury to either charge (true bill) or decline to charge (no bill) the suspect. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Marshae Jones will not be tried for manslaughter in unborn baby’s death, DA says," 3 July 2019

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First Known Use of true bill

1616, in the meaning defined above

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“True bill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/true%20bill. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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— see bill sense 3b

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