Duke Lacrosse Probe

In consideration of the value of grand juries:

Typically, the grand jury, which is comprised of 18 unnamed citizens, is presented evidence by the lead investigator and only hears the prosecution’s side of the case. In this situation, jurors will likely read the victim’s statement, see the hospital report and look at pictures of possible injuries.

The jurors must then decide whether there is enough evidence to pursue charges against the accused.

That description is pretty consistent with what I know of the role of grand juries. Given this, shouldn’t we reconsider using this method in the legal process?


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