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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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In August, a Pennsylvania grand jury released a report implicating at least 300 priests in that state of abusing more than 1,000 minors over the past five decades. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Pope Francis accepted DC Archbishop Donald Wuerl’s resignation over sex abuse crisis," 12 Oct. 2018 The group is authorized to present evidence to a state grand jury and will have the power of subpoenas to compel testimony and the production of documents. Fox News, "The Latest: Source: NJ launches probe into alleged abuse," 6 Sep. 2018 Lawrence Robert Meadows and Roderick Mitchell Cummings, both 40, were charged Friday by a state grand jury with desecration of human remains. Jeffrey Collins, The Seattle Times, "Body left to rot in funeral home 3 years leads to charges," 27 Aug. 2018 Nichols wrote Siemon on June 28 requesting a state grand jury or other criminal investigation of allegations Schuette improperly used state resources. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Snyder: Referral to FBI of complaint about AG Schuette 'a serious matter'," 9 July 2018 At a news conference in October 2017, State’s Attorney Angela D. Alsobrooks said digital evidence taken from Urbanski’s phone and computer had led to the hate-crime charge delivered by a Prince George’s County grand jury. Childs Walker,, "Trial delayed for former UM student charged with hate crime in fatal stabbing of Bowie State student," 5 July 2018 In 1983, a Kansas City grand jury handed down the indictments in a related casino skimming investigation that took down leading gangsters in Chicago, Milwaukee and Cleveland. Ian Cummings, Robert A. Cronkleton And Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Demolished hotel played part in Kansas City mob history, 1970s Las Vegas casino case," 24 June 2018 Miller, who’s represented by attorneys from a conservative nonprofit group, is challenging a grand jury subpoena. Jen Kirby, Vox, "A brief guide to the legal challenges against acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker," 21 Nov. 2018 Funk said filing the homicide charge in General Sessions court lets the case be presented in open court as transparently as possible, since grand jury proceedings are secret. Jonathan Mattise, Fox News, "Prosecutor files charge in police shooting of black man," 27 Sep. 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

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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