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Indictments don't state anything about accused being good or bad

To The Daily Sun,

It was obvious to me while reading the letter in the Wednesday newspaper about the indictment of Robert Woodbury of Gilmanton by a Belknap County Superior Court grand jury that the author is ignorant of the law and how court proceedings work.
The story about Woodbury was based on the indictment issued by the grand jury after he had been charged by local police and been to district court. Felony charges are automatically forwarded to superior court to see if an indictment is warranted.
An indictment is not an indication of guilt but shows sufficient proof exists to warrant a trial in superior court.
Indictments do not state anything about whether a person is good or bad or their background. It simply states the barest facts of the alleged crime and the person's, age and address.
If the author of the letter had bothered to check the facts they might not have written a letter which I found very disgraceful to The Daily Sun and to the reporter who wrote the story in the May 17 issue.
I am not an expert on court proceedings but I did cover the courts as a news reporter for more than 10 years and do have experience on how the court system works.

Gordon D. King
Laconia

 
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