Monthly Archives: May 2014

Runaway Grand Juries

bill-of-rights-and-leftsA runaway grand jury is one in which the grand jurors have taken control over the investigation and are refusing to listen to the prosecutor. In the 19th century, when America was still strong and independent, their were many run-away grand juries. By the 20th century  prosecutors have taken over and indicated many a ham sandwiches.  Today, it is considered an exception to the rule when grand jurors ignore the prosecutor(s) and they start and follow their own path of discover and decisions.  However, runaways were still found in the 20th century. One of the best known were the New York grand juries in the 1930’s, in which they barred prosecutors from coming into the grand jury room and took off on its own investigation of corruption in New York city government. More proof that the grand jury clauses in the New York State constitution are still some of the strongest.

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