Standards: Part 3 - The "Grand Jury"

Everyone has heard the cliché about how a grand jury would “indict a ham sandwich.” This is because grand juries more or less serve as a rubber stamp for prosecutors. Over 99.99% of cases brought before federal grand juries result in an indictment. Some would have you believe that a federal grand jury has been reviewing evidence against Bill for the past six months, yet for some inexplicable reason, the prosecutor suddenly decided not to move forward. But that is not how the process works. The reason there is a 99.99% ‘indictment rate’ for cases brought before grand juries is because by the time that the grand jury is hearing a case, the prosecutor has already decided that they intend to pr

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