Background on grand juries and federal civil rights suits for Berkeley law students / Berkeley Law, University of California.
[Berkeley, California] : University of California, Berkeley Law School, .
7 unnumbered pages : digital, PDF file
Formatted Contents Note
What is a "grand jury," and what is an "indictment?" What is the purpose of the grand jury? If the right to an indictment is in the Constitution, why don't all states require one? Is it hard to get an indictment? Why is the grand jury secret? Did the grand juries in Ferguson and New York necessarily decide, by failing to indict, that the officers were "innocent"? What was unusual about the grand jury proceedings in Ferguson? What, if anything, was unusual about the grand jury proceedings in Staten Island? If the prosecutors did not believe charges were warranted, why did they put the cases before the grand jury at all? Why not just decline to prosecute the cases to begin with? Are the cases over at this point? Could the prosecutors still decide to go to trial? Could the federal government still bring federal criminal charges or a civil suit? Did either of these cases involve Stand Your Ground?
"In the wake of the recent decisions by grand juries in Missouri and New York not to indict white policy officers on homicide charges related to the deaths of unarmed black men, many of you have requested a primer on grand juries, indictments, and federal civil rights suits to help you discuss these events with friends and family over the winter break. In particular, many of you have asked how the proceedings in Ferguson and Staten Island are different from a typical grand jury proceedings. In response, the Dean's office is releasing the following fact sheet prepared by several Berkeley Law faculty members and hope you find it helpful. This document is intended as a prompt response to specific legal questions students have asked, and is not intended to replace a comprehensive discussion of the important and recurring issues of racial justice these cases involve."--Sujit Choudhry.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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