While we await word from the St. Louis County, Missouri grand jury investigating the shooting death of Michael Brown, this would be a good time to remind the public how the grand jury system works, what grand juries are and what they are not.
- Grand juries are usually not sequestered.
- Grand jurors don’t have to swear they have no opinions about whatever they are investigating.
- Defense lawyers and judges are not allowed in the grand jury room.
- It is more difficult for a person being investigated to challenge or “strike” a grand juror from hearing a case.