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Definition of grand jury

: a jury that examines accusations against persons charged with crime and if the evidence warrants makes formal charges on which the accused persons are later tried

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Examples of grand jury in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Robin Howington, 37, has been indicted by a grand jury. Chris Harris,, "Tenn. Mom Accused of Fatally Shooting Daughter, 5, Then Trying to Blame Toddler Son," 10 July 2020 The case will be referred to a Harris County grand jury, which will determine if charges will be filed against the clerk. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston store clerk ‘fortunate to be alive’ after killing would-be robber, police say," 30 June 2020 The three men accused in the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man, were indicted by a grand jury. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "5 things to know for June 25: Coronavirus, Joe Biden, Ahmaud Arbery, Roundup, tariffs," 25 June 2020 Gregory McMichael, 64; his son Travis McMichael, 34; and their neighbor William Bryan have been indicted by a grand jury on nine counts each. Photo: Erin Clark/the Boston Globe/getty Images.,, "Three Men Have Been Indicted On Murder Charges For Killing Ahmaud Arbery — Finally," 25 June 2020 In 2008, to keep the case from expiring because of the statute of limitations, prosecutors took it to a grand jury, which indicted a John Doe with a specific DNA profile on charges including rape involving the four women. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "Prosecutor: Rapes of UC students in 1990s 'planned and calculated.' Man wore mask, gloves," 23 June 2020 When the entire investigation is complete, the case will be handed over to a grand jury, which will decide whether criminal charges will be filed, according to Grewal's office, which cited a directive issued Grewal in December 2019. NBC News, "Video released in fatal shooting of unarmed black man by N.J. state trooper," 9 June 2020 In Vance, the president asked the federal courts to block a subpoena from a New York grand jury on behalf of Cyrus Vance Jr., the district attorney for Manhattan. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The Supreme Court Brings the Presidency Back From a Lawless Brink," 9 July 2020 Congress could make such records available to the public, while New York prosecutors are conducting an investigation through a grand jury, whose proceedings are confidential. Bob Egelko,, "Supreme Court orders Trump to disclose tax returns to NY prosecutors, not to Congress," 9 July 2020

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First Known Use of grand jury

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Grand jury.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grand jury

US, law : a group of people who look at the evidence against someone who has been accused of a crime in order to decide if there should be a trial

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Legal Definition of grand jury

: a jury that examines accusations against persons charged with crime and if the evidence warrants makes formal charges on which the accused persons are later tried — see also no bill and true bill at bill sense 3b, indictment — compare petit jury, special grand jury

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