grand jury

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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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Christopher Matthew Clements, 36, was indicted a day earlier by a grand jury on murder and kidnapping charges in the deaths of Isabel Celis, 6, and Maribel Gonzales, 13. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Man indicted on murder charges in kidnapping and deaths of two young Arizona girls," 15 Sep. 2018 Manning, Patrick Dolbeare, 36, of Dorchester, and Sean Conroy, 40, of Braintree, were indicted by a grand jury in September on multiple gambling charges, as well as conspiracy and laundering, prosecutors said. Jackson Cote, BostonGlobe.com, "Marshfield man pleads guilty to running illegal sports betting operation out of his bar," 3 July 2018 She was supposed to keep her mouth shut while serving secretly on a federal grand jury in Miami. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "She was supposed to keep her mouth shut. Now, this Miami juror faces prison for blabbing," 20 June 2018 Actress Rose McGowan has been indicted on one count of cocaine possession by a grand jury in Virginia. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Rose McGowan Indicted on Cocaine Charge," 12 June 2018 Weinstein was indicted on these charges by a grand jury last week. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Harvey Weinstein Has Pleaded Not Guilty To Rape & Criminal Sex Act Charges," 5 June 2018 The indictments were handed up last week by a grand jury. Clifford Ward, chicagotribune.com, "Man pleads not guilty to shopping mall shooting that authorities say was sparked by spilled bottle of urine," 11 July 2018 The hard feelings go back to the Ed Martin scandal when Webber lied to a grand jury. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Chris Webber ready to return to Michigan, despite wounds still not healed," 29 June 2018 The Miami Tribe of Oklahoma, which housed other Tucker payday loan businesses, forfeited $48 million to the federal government in 2016, the same year Tucker was indicted by a grand jury. Steve Vockrodt, kansascity, "American Indian tribes used by convicted payday lender Scott Tucker settle with feds," 26 June 2018

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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grand jury

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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

grand jury

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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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