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News Words: Indictment

News Words
Welcome to the Voice of America's "News Words," where we teach you about words in the news.

Today's word has to do with criminal charges and the courts. The indictment that the grand jury returned today charges the defendant with numerous counts, among them: conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death, and using a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death. An "indictment" is a list of charges against someone after he or she has been arrested for a crime. It details what the person will stand trial for in a US court of law.

Now, when you hear the word "indictment," your English will be good enough to know what this News Word means.