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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Recent Examples on the Web Charges are pending the results of a grand jury, an investigator said. Nicole Hensley, Houston Chronicle, "Police: Woman fatally shoots husband during argument at west Houston home," 24 May 2020 The Justice Department issued grand jury subpoenas to large banks involved in the coronavirus emergency loan program. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Justice Department subpoenas banks as part of investigation into potential abuse: Report," 16 May 2020 The Second Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed with Trump and rejected the claim that presidential immunity extends to investigative steps like the grand jury subpoena. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "A guide to the Supreme Court’s hearing on Trump’s financial records," 11 May 2020 Vance’s grand jury subpoena seeks tax returns, work papers, financial statements and communications dating back to 2011. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "Meet the Shadowy Accountants Who Do Trump’s Taxes and Help Him Seem Richer Than He Is," 8 May 2020 Such restrictions have also slowed investigations because prosecutors have not been able to utilize grand jury subpoenas, a critical tool that allows the Justice Department to demand records from individuals, businesses and governments. Los Angeles Times, "Federal investigations curtailed amid coronavirus," 7 May 2020 The case will go before a grand jury in Tarrant County after the incident is investigated further, police said. Catherine Marfin, Dallas News, "Woman fatally shot at Arlington apartment complex," 9 May 2020 In 2017, Bonner was one of three men indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with the theft of firearms from Scott’s Jewelry and Pawn, which is a licensed firearms dealer in Tarrant. Carol Robinson |, al, "Felon charged in deadly shooting at east Birmingham gas station," 27 Apr. 2020 In 1806, two years after the Croswell case was decided in the Supreme Court, a federal grand jury in Connecticut returned charges against writers and publishers associated with the Litchfield Monitor and the Connecticut Courant. Edwin L. Battistella, Time, "How U.S. Presidents Have Tried to Use Legal Action to Stop People From Insulting Them," 1 Apr. 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 3 Jun. 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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