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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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Six months before a grand jury handed down a sweeping indictment against the gang, Garvin was taken into state custody for allegedly possessing a loaded .22-caliber gun, officials said. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Sentencings Continue For Violent New Haven Gang Who Traded Drugs For Guns In Maine," 12 June 2018 The revelation that Robert Mueller subpoenaed a bit player in the Trump-Russia melodrama, Andrii Artemenko, to appear before a Virginia grand jury last month went largely unnoticed. Abigail Tracy, The Hive, "Was Viktor Vekselberg Bankrolling Michael Cohen’s Pro-Russia Peace Plan for Ukraine?," 8 June 2018 The media groups argued state law dictates that the grand jury reports should be released because Krumenacker has ordered it. Mark Scolforo, The Seattle Times, "Court seeks input on secrecy of sex abuse grand jury report," 2 July 2018 At his arraignment Thursday, Bonthu waived his right to a grand jury indictment. Alex Soderstrom, ajc, "Ex-Equifax employee charged with securities fraud tied to data hack," 29 June 2018 Despite being endorsed by the county grand jury in 2015 and the League of Women Voters multiple times, the reforms package has stalled at the council committee level again and again during the last decade. David Garrick,, "Long-stalled pay raises for San Diego mayor, council may be headed to ballot," 26 June 2018 Schulte was charged last year with knowingly receiving and possessing child pornography, and those charges are also listed in the latest federal grand jury indictment. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Ex-CIA engineer accused of leaking hacking docs to WikiLeaks charged in massive 'Vault 7' security breach," 18 June 2018 In 2016, prosecutors secured a grand jury indictment against him. Patrick M. O'connell,, "2nd woman testifies salon owner assaulted her," 26 Apr. 2018 Sheela announced she had been informed by a source in the U.S. Attorney’s Office that a federal grand jury indictment against her and the Bhagwan was imminent. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Bhagwan’s Final Year," 12 Apr. 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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