In Search of Common Ground: Grand Jury Reform, Black Lives Matter and Pro-Life Advocacy
by Kathryn Freeman on January 28, 2016 in clc
Our criminal justice system is broken in regard to grand juries.
Many people are familiar with the roles of law enforcement, judges, and lawyers in the criminal justice system. Most people are decidedly less familiar with the important, but often hidden role of the grand jury.
A grand jury is a group of 12 citizens of the county where the grand jury sits, able to read and write, not under indictment, etc. The most common role of the grand jury is to listen to the facts of a case and determine if probable cause exists for charges alleged against a defendant.
While both grand juries and trial juries are made up of lay people who must...