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Why were grand juries more common a hundred
Why were grand juries more
prevalent a century or two ago?
Response: For several reasons:
Grand juries used to perform the civil oversight functions (running local government, for example) that have
been taken over by administrative agencies. Also, due to a reaction against
grand juries after the civil way, many states (federal system has to use
them under the
5th amendment) drastically cut back on their use of grand juries. . .
only to increase their use this century. I think the cut back created a period
in which people lost touch with grand juries, a phenomenon exacerbated by the
rising anonymity of urban society in this century.