AP Style Indict

Use “indict” only in connection with the legal process of bringing charges against an individual or corporations.

In order to avoid any suggestion that an individual is being judged before a trial, do not use phrases such as “indicted for killing” or “indicted for bribery.” Instead, AP Style states that you should use “indicted on a charge of killing” or “indicted on a bribery charge.” For example,

  • Wrong: Joe Smith, indicted for killing his wife, is being granted bail.
  • Correct: Joe Smith, indicted on a charge of killing his wife, is being granted bail.

Also see pages on guidelines related to using accused, allege, and arrest.

 

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