grand jury

noun

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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Kenneth McIntyre is set for a July 18 arraignment in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court after a grand jury charged him in the May 29 death of Heath C. Walker. Cory Shaffer, cleveland.com, "Cleveland man charged in fatal Detroit-Shoreway head-on crash was speeding in sister’s Jeep, records say," 8 July 2019 At that point, the grand jury will decide whether to return an indictment. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Jacob Julick case: Erlanger police reveal story of how shots were fired at officers June 6," 3 July 2019 In doing so, the appeals court cleared the way for the case to be moved from family court to a grand jury, where the teenager, identified only as G.M.C. in court documents, will be treated as an adult. Luis Ferré-sadurní, BostonGlobe.com, "Teenager accused of rape deserves leniency because he’s from ‘good family,’ judge says," 3 July 2019 The decisions open the possibility for the cases of G.M.C. and E.R.M. to be moved from family court to a grand jury, where the teenagers would be treated as adults. The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Judge says a teen from a ‘good family’ should not be tried as an adult in sexual assault," 3 July 2019 Washington can either proceed with the grand jury's recommended charge, reduce the charge or drop it. Darran Simon, CNN, "DA to announce decision in the case of a pregnant woman indicted in her baby's death after shooting in Alabama," 3 July 2019 Prosecutors were on hand at the time to answer the grand jury’s legal questions. Farah Stockman, New York Times, "Manslaughter Charge Dropped Against Alabama Woman Who Was Shot While Pregnant," 3 July 2019 But a grand jury refused to indict the teen, who proclaimed his innocence then and now. Michelle Hunter, nola.com, "New suspect named in 1978 abduction, murder of 5-year-old Stephanie Hebert," 29 June 2019 Adams was indicted last week alongside two other men by separate Marion County grand juries. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana judge charged in shooting appears in court, ordered to stay away from White Castle," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of grand jury

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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grand jury

noun

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

noun

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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