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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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Other Words from grand jury

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Examples of grand jury in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In June, the AJC found that Reed’s previous campaign was fighting a federal grand jury subpoena for campaign attorney Jeremy Berry to testify in a probe for alleged wire fraud. J.d. Capelouto, ajc, 9 Oct. 2021 Law enforcement works out of the public gaze, in part to allow for the effective gathering of evidence that, in many cases, is subject to strict grand jury secrecy rules. Jennifer Rodgers, CNN, 8 Oct. 2021 In what many of Yagman’s defenders would characterize as an abuse of authority, the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles obtained a 19-count grand jury indictment in 2006 on tax evasion, bankruptcy fraud and money laundering. Los Angeles Times, 8 Oct. 2021 In reality, according to a San Antonio federal grand jury indictment returned Wednesday, iCore Global had only two addresses in the United States. Patrick Danner, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Oct. 2021 Redwine, a truck driver, was arrested in Bellingham, Washington, following the 2017 grand jury indictment. Fox News, 8 Oct. 2021 The Washington County District Attorney’s office released a brief statement late Monday outlining the grand jury decision. oregonlive, 5 Oct. 2021 The lack of a conclusion to the investigation stands in contrast to a two-year examination in Pennsylvania that resulted in an explosive grand jury report in 2018. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 In anticipation of Monday’s grand jury hearing, the six players returned to practice last week. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, 29 Sep. 2021

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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 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of grand jury

: 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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