Monthly Archives: November 2014

What is a Grand Jury?

Later today (or perhaps as this is being typed), a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri is expected to release its decision as to whether or not criminal charges will be filed against police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.  In the last few months since the incident, several friends and clients have asked us to explain the grand jury process. So, what is a grand jury? In Maryland, a grand jury is a group of up to 23 people who conduct investigations and/or receive evidence to determine whether probable cause exists to charge someone with a crime.  Many are surprised to learn that a grand jury does not hear both sides of the case and as such, Read More