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The Grand Jury

The United States grand jury system is receiving national attention in the wake of two controversial grand juries’ decisions that have prompted popular protests following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown and the chokehold death of Eric Garner. For persons interested in learning about grand juries in order to better follow the national debate, the following resource links may be of use:
The grand jury was established in the United States by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, and Title III, Rule 6 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure governs its operations in federal court.A grand jury practitioner’s resource guide is offered by the Department of Justice.
The Fifth Amendment does not apply to state courts; the states themselves have the authority to chose whether or not to employ grand juries.The following links lead to the relevant constitutional provisions, statutes or criminal code sections empowering grand juries in the various states and the District of Columbia: Alabam…