Fidler last month threw out the indictments against Gevorgyan and Msryan, saying it is unclear whether grand juries
can indict minors.
The juror, who agreed to be interviewed on condition of anonymity because of the secret nature of the proceedings, said the experience illustrated that grand juries
do operate independently, albeit under the guidance of a prosecutor.
88) Grand juries
can compel witnesses to testify who would otherwise have no obligation to speak to law enforcement agents and they can also compel the production of documents inaccessible through other means.
Criminal grand juries
will be chosen from the regular jury pool, with potential jurors going before a judge and 19 randomly chosen to sit on the panel.
The court has now acquiesced to our request that we select grand juries
from jury pools,'' District Attorney Michael Bradbury said.
68) Additionally, the Federal Rules of Evidence explicitly state their inapplicability to "proceedings before grand juries
46) The Court stated that the Grand Jury Clause does not prescribe the evidence on which grand juries
were permitted to act, and also that the English grand jury -- which was "incorporated in the Constitution by the Founders" (47) -- did not have such restrictions, and was not bound by any "technical rules.
Mid-nineteenth-century Supreme Court Justices adopted varying attitudes toward grand juries
and their presentment power.
A former TDHCA staff member said two federal grand juries
are continuing to investigate the activities of other TDHCA board members and staff.
33) "In short," the Court stated, "if grand juries
are to be granted extraordinary powers of investigation because of the difficulty and importance of their task, the use of those powers ought to be limited as far as reasonably possible to the accomplishment of the task.
Prosecutors often have no control over what grand juries
do, and that was apparently the case with the Hall report.
Too often, Cohen argues, grand juries
fail to meet their goal of representing a broad cross-section of the population of the county, considering the factors of race, sex and age.
Americans may have heard more about grand juries
in the last 30 days than in the last 30 years.
Typically grand juries
side with prosecutors against young African-Americans when they are suspected of committing crimes and rule against them when they fall victims to police brutality.
carry out their job by examining evidence and issuing indictments, or by investigating alleged crimes and issuing presentments.