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From: "Brian L. Cartwright" <>
Subject: Re: Legal Document mumbo jumbo
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2002 18:24:43 -0500
Sent: Monday, December 02, 2002 6:02 PM
Subject: Fw: Legal Document mumbo jumbo
> > Okay, next question, what is a bench warrant and why are they issued?
> > And thanks for all who enlighten me on the F. & B. as I said to Elaine,
> > I've lived a sheltered life!
The "bench" is where the judge presides from - a "bench warrant" is when the
judge signs the order to have a person arrested - I would guess it was
likely that the defendant failed to appear for court, and the prosecutor
asked the judge for an arrest warrant in order to bring the defendant into
court (I watch a lot of "Law and Order")
"F & B" (Fornication and Bastardy) was a criminal offense - Sonya Barclay
went thru the 1800's records in Indiana Co last year and indexed over 800
court cases there. Last summer when I inquired at the Cambria Co Courthouse,
I had a hard time convincing them that this was something that would have
been a crime.