grand jury


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 The case will be presented to a county grand jury for possible charges. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Man charged with assault, resisting arrest: Westlake Police Blotter," 4 July 2020 The cases against Jackson are moving forward and have been sent to a grand jury for indictment consideration. Carol Robinson |, al, "Alabama grandmother falsely accused of livestreaming 1-year-old’s sex abuse was framed, authorities say," 30 June 2020 The families had no choice but to wait for the cause of death to be amended and the cases to be presented to a grand jury. Dallas News, "Pandemic causes delay in investigation, trial of serial murder suspect Billy Chemirmir," 26 June 2020 The settlement was reached days before the county district attorney’s office is expected to go before a grand jury to seek a felony second-degree assault indictment against the deputy, Rian Alden. oregonlive, "Washington County awards $625K settlement to Albert Molina, man assaulted by deputy," 24 June 2020 Medina waived his right to have the charges presented to a grand jury. Patrick Danner,, "San Antonio tax preparer pleads guilty to felony charges," 24 June 2020 Those videos were never shown to a grand jury that, last October, declined to indict any of the officers involved, as first reported by WSPD, in Paducah, Kentucky. Bob Ortega, Nelli Black And Drew Griffin, CNN, "Videos raise question about in-custody death deemed an 'accident' by Tennessee officials," 12 June 2020 District Attorney Margaret Moore told reporters her office plans to present the case before a grand jury. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "‘Live PD’ Canceled After Destroying Footage Of Death Of Black Man In Custody," 11 June 2020 The actions of the Williamson County Sheriff's office are now under investigation by the adjacent Travis County, whose district attorney is looking into the possibility of taking the case to a grand jury. James Hibberd,, "Live PD host slams cancellation: 'There's an overreaction going on'," 11 June 2020

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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 12 Jul. 2020.

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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

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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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