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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Examples of grand jury in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Berman oversaw the prosecution of Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and brought the grand jury indictment against associates of the president's current personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani. Tim O'donnell, TheWeek, "10 things you need to know today: June 20, 2020," 20 June 2020 The chief cited ongoing investigations into each of the recent shootings, and his fear that releasing the evidence could taint a grand jury pool if prosecutors decided to bring charges against any of his officers. NBC News, "'It was an execution': Nicolas Chavez was on his knees when police killed him. His father wants answers.," 19 June 2020 According to the grand jury indictment, the theft and charges on the credit card were made between May 24 and Aug. 19, 2019. Sue Kiesewetter,, "Prosecutors: Fairfield firefighter misused credit card. Facing felonies," 18 June 2020 But Wine said the case could presented again to a grand jury. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Kenneth Walker attorney asks for permanent dismissal of attempted murder, assault charges," 17 June 2020 Pursuing first-degree murder, in Minnesota, requires a grand-jury indictment, unlike for lesser homicide charges, and, without clear evidence of premeditation, would therefore risk a grand jury’s refusal to indict, fuelling further outrage. Jeannie Suk Gersen, The New Yorker, "How the Charges Against Derek Chauvin Fit Into a Vision of Criminal-Justice Reform," 17 June 2020 Later Tuesday, Ramsey released a summary of a scathing grand jury indictment detailing the corporate misconduct that led to the 2018 wildfire. Michael Liedtke,, "PG&E confesses to killing 84 people in 2018 California fire," 16 June 2020 Gonzales said grand juries have continued to hear up to 250 cases per week, wearing masks and practicing social distancing in courtrooms rather than using the grand jury room. Scott Huddleston,, "Bexar County DA says he’s tightened scrutiny of police conduct," 15 June 2020 Turner said that Multnomah County’s grand jury system is the most equitable way for those decisions to be made. oregonlive, "Police accountability, long ignored by Oregon lawmakers, poised to become law as white leaders finally see black colleagues’ urgency," 13 June 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 5 Jul. 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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