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AFRICANGLOBE - Rooted in history as a skeptical check on the crown, the American grand jury — a secret panel of 12 citizens — has become largely a prosecutor’s rubber stamp. Grand juries almost always return an indictment, except in one specific instance: when it comes to cases involving a police officer.
AFRICANGLOBE - A grand jury proceeding is entirely a one-sided show where the decisions are a foregone conclusion. Historically, grand juries were viewed, as Judge Learned Hand observed, as the “voice of the community” acting not as an extension of the government but as a shield against it.