grand jury


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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He and McClure were charged last fall in state court with theft and conspiracy but have yet to be indicted by a grand jury. David Porter, The Seattle Times, "Homeless ‘good Samaritan’ gets probation in gas money scam," 12 Apr. 2019 The Broward County grand jury announced on Wednesday the 34-count indictment for Cruz, who police say opened fire inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 people. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Nikolas Cruz indicted on 17 counts of murder, jail records reveal odd behavior in days after Florida massacre," 2 Oct. 2018 On Thursday, a Suffolk County grand jury returned indictments charging Hunt with assault and battery and Salerno with aggravated assault and battery. Alexia Fernandez,, "Lindsay Lohan’s Cousin Allegedly Beaten by 2 Men, New Jersey Police Officer Charged," 12 July 2018 On June 27, a Broward County grand jury indicted Blanc on charges of premeditated murder in their deaths, as well as two counts of abusing their corpses. Linda Trischitta,, "Grand jury indicts man on murder charge in death of his unborn child," 4 July 2018 The six indictments of disgraced doctor Larry Nassar returned last week by a Walker County grand jury accuse him of assaulting gymnasts over a period of almost 20 years at the Karolyi Ranch, according to court records provided Tuesday. David Barron, Houston Chronicle, "Indictments detail Larry Nassar's abuse of gymnasts over 20-year period at Karolyi Ranch," 3 July 2018 Lee-Sung also discussed recommendations by the Orange County grand jury intended to help enhance school safety. Priscella Vega,, "Report details Newport-Mesa’s steps to ramp up school safety," 28 June 2018 Further Reading People’s Republic of Desire film review: Yes, Black Mirror is already here Right behind that is SXSW's grand jury prize winner for its best documentary, People's Republic of Desire. Sam Machkovech And Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Films for the discerning nerd: Ars picks the best of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Additionally, there was a different witness subpoenaed by Mueller’s grand jury who has sued the government — Roger Stone associate Andrew Miller. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The mysterious grand jury appeal that may be tied to the Mueller investigation, explained," 19 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of grand jury

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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