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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Examples of grand jury in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser took the case to a grand jury in March. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 28 July 2022 She is charged with lying to a grand jury and being an accessory after the fact. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, 28 July 2022 In a statement, Rinehart thanked the law enforcement and prosecutors who presented evidence to the grand jury. Meryl Kornfield, Anchorage Daily News, 28 July 2022 That news, first reported by The Washington Post, was confirmed to CBS News by a U.S. government official familiar with the investigation and a source with knowledge of what's been presented by the Justice Department to a grand jury. Andres Triay, CBS News, 27 July 2022 The case is being sent to a grand jury to determine whether charges will be filed. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 27 July 2022 Evidence from his office was also due to the grand jury Monday. Olivia Rubin, ABC News, 26 July 2022 After detectives investigate the case, it is expected to go to county prosecutors, who are expected to take it it to a grand jury. cleveland, 25 July 2022 Tingleaf took the case because the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office had a conflict, having initially filed theft charges against Fesser based partly on Reeves’ testimony to a grand jury. oregonlive, 22 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of grand jury

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Grand jury.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grand%20jury. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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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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