Grand Jury

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by F4U, Jan 19, 2016.

  1. F4U

    F4U Well-Known Member Supporter

    I got subpoenaed to testify about the breakin of my garage, just wondering if any of you have done this and what I should expect. As I understand this the grand jury decides if and what to charge the defendants with.
  2. superc

    superc Member

    Just tell the truth. They may ask questions, they may not. Sometimes their foreman may just say tell us about it. Sometimes they may have already been briefed and have more specific questions.

  3. F4U

    F4U Well-Known Member Supporter

    I slept through the whole thing, all I know is what the deputy told me after the fact, other than what is missing, and I probably won't know all of that until it warms up and I start working out there again. When I go to get a tool and find it missing.
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

    Grand Juries are non-confrontational. The Defense has no say, nor any appearance. Generally they rubberstamp the outcome the D/A asks for
  5. cranky127

    cranky127 New Member

    They want to know a few things that are very important.
    1) How was the shed secured - a lock, no trespassing signs, etc. They need to have it explained like a 4 yr old that any idiot would know they should not enter.
    2) They need know that no one but you or your spouse are allowed inside - that means no friends of your children, grand kids or acquaintances would be allowed to "borrow" the items in your shed.

    The grand jury must decided by a simple majority that the person accused possibly did the accused act. Grand jury verdict is not a judgement of guilt just a probability that the act occured by the accused.

    You need to convince the grand jury that the accused was not/ nor assumed that you allowed them to steal your stuff.

    I am not an attorney or a lawyer just giving my opinion based on my grand jury experiences with.
  6. F4U

    F4U Well-Known Member Supporter

    I went in today, it was non-confrontational, most of the people looked like me (poor souls), the prosecuting attorney was great, asked me a few questions, the jury asked me a couple of questions and it was over.

    Pretty much it, they wanted to know if I had given permission to the thieves to come on my property and steal my stuff, I gave them pictures of the damage and told them a few things that didn't get into the police report, will be interested in what they actually get indicted for, the original charge was just breaking and entering.
  7. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter


    Unfortunately, that is true in most cases.

    A GOOD prosecutor will present ALL of the evidence (including exculpatory) to the Grand Jury, and allow them to weigh the evidence without trying to sway them.

    The Grand Jury is only charged with finding "probable cause" or lack thereof. The Petit Jury requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Big difference.

    The prosecutor who can get a Grand Jury to indict a ham sandwich will lose a lot of cases before a Petit Jury, and waste a lot of the taxpayer's money.