SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
Indybay About Contact Newsletter Calendar Publish Community

Santa Cruz Indymedia | Police State and Prisons | Front Page

Mon Oct 6 2008 An article by Katya Komisaruk of the Just Cause Law Collective
Teach-in About Grand Juries to Be Held in Light of Recent Subpoenas Grand juries are one of the good intentions paving the road to our current legal system. Unlike a trial jury, which decides whether a suspect is guilty, a grand jury merely decides whether there’s probable cause to prosecute a suspect on felony charges. The goal was to create a filter to catch unjustified felony cases and stop them at an early stage, so that the suspect wouldn’t be wrongfully prosecuted (and have to spend unnecessary time in jail and unnecessary money on lawyers). But it all went very wrong.

Defense attorneys aren’t even allowed in same room as the grand jury, let alone permitted to put on defense witnesses, question the prosecution witnesses, or make any statements to the jurors. So grand juries nearly always just “rubber stamp” the cases brought before them. For example, in fiscal year 2000, federal grand juries voted to indict a total of 59,472 suspects and chose not to indict 29 suspects—only one out of every 2,000 suspects was left un-indicted. An additional factor in grand juries’ unwholesome compliance with prosecutorial plans is the frequent lack of diversity among the jurors.

imc_pdf.gifdownload the PDF: What You Should Know About Grand Juries

01/20/15 Hundreds Protest Approval of Police Attack Vehicle Purchase at City Council Meeting   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
01/17/15 Cannabis Advocates Send Letters to Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors   Drug War | Santa Cruz Indymedia
01/16/15 Yellowstone National Park Initiates Bison Capture Operations   Environment & Forest Defense | Animal Liberation
01/16/15 DPR Recommendations Leave Schoolchildren, Rural Communities at Risk from Pesticides   Health, Housing, and Public Services | California
01/14/15 Statewide Tour Urges Governor Brown to Stop Fracking   Environment & Forest Defense | California
01/14/15 Bay Area Plans for 96 Hours of Action as Part of National Call to "Reclaim King’s Legacy"   Racial Justice | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | California
01/11/15 Environmentalists Couldn’t Stop the Slaughter at Idaho’s Annual Coyote and Wolf Derby   Environment & Forest Defense | Animal Liberation
01/10/15 Federal Government Releases Eric McDavid After Withholding Documents from Him at Trial   Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley
01/06/15 Santa Cruz Warming Center Program Provides Warmth and Shelter   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia
01/06/15 Monarchs Decline By 90 Percent In Past 20 Years   Environment & Forest Defense | California
01/02/15 Fracking Regulations Released Six Months Before Studies Are Complete   Environment & Forest Defense | California | Government & Elections