The Federal Grand Jury: A Research Project
The focus of this project will be mainly on the federal grand jury. From time to time a state grand jury might be used as an example, to show possible alternatives to the federal system. The reason for focusing on the federal grand jury is two-fold. First, some of the state grand jury systems are almost identical to the federal system and research would be repetitive. Second, most states have different rules governing grand juries, to research ever different jurisdiction would be impossible. A few states have no grand jury system at all. The basic criticism of the federal grand jury today is that it is an arm of the executive. The prosecutor conducts the investigation and presents the evidence to a passive grand jury, that "rubberstamps" the decision. The grand jury is supposed to check the power of the prosecutor, not yield to it. The basic advantages of the grand jury are that it protects people from unfounded accusations, it supervises public officials, and provides a form of citizen participation in legal decision making.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.Missing pages 5, 28, 53, 66, 81, 99, 112, 123, 135, and 148-149.