Explaining the grand jury process, locally and nationally

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Guests: DAVID A. HARRIS, EDWARD F. McCANN, MICHAEL J. ENGLE

The process of implementing grand juries has come under scrutiny due to recent decisions in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York, as many Americans viewed the outcomes as unjust. Today, we’ll get a brief history of grand juries from 12th Century England through the present day with University of Pittsburgh law professor, DAVID A. HARRIS. Then, we’ll hear about how they are implemented in Pennsylvania, and discuss how necessary and fair the grand jury process is locally. We’ll be joined by first assistant district attorney of Philadelphia, EDWARD F. McCANN, and by MICHAEL J. ENGLE, former president of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and partner in the Philadelphia-based law firm, Greenblatt, Pierce, Engle, Funt & Flores.

Photo by Tim Evanson on flickr

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