Vail Daily column: Grand juries: What they are and how they work

Vail Daily column: Grand juries: What they are and how they work
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By Edward Stoner

In the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, a grand jury will be convened. What, though, does that mean? What discrete and special functions does a grand jury serve? Grand juries are, in essence, investigative bodies. There are both federal grand juries and state grand juries, which deal exclusively with matters of state concerns and jurisdiction. The office of a grand jury, whether state or federal, is involved with the investigation into possible wrongdoing by the accused (in the Michael Brown case, the possible wrongdoing of the cop who shot him). The key word here is “possible.” …

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