1) Formally charging a person with a crime either by a prosecuting attorney filing charges against or through a grand jury indictment of that person. 2) Informally stating that a person has committed an illegal or immoral act.
See, e.g. Rothgery v. Gillespie County, Tex., 554 U.S. 191 (2008) and U.S. v. Patterson, 150 U.S. 65 (1893).
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:10 pm