The history, limits and abilities of grand juries

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    Guests: Seth Williams and David Rudovsky

    A Cleveland grand jury recently decided not to bring charges against two police officers in the shooting death of Tamir Rice – sparking some outrage, but also confusion about the grand jury process. In this hour we’ll talk about how grand juries are used by prosecutors across the US to examine evidence in possible criminal cases and determine whether criminal charges should be brought. And we’ll discuss how some places have done away with the system: the United Kingdom abolished its grand jury system in 1933 and California recently banned grand juries in cases of fatal shootings by police. Civil rights and criminal defense attorney DAVID RUDOVSKY will explain how they work and how they’re used, including in cases of police-involved shootings. And Philadelphia District Attorney SETH WILLIAMS will tell us how he has used grand juries in the past and their benefits and limits.

     

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