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Our grand juries don’t ever seek out
evidence on their own—why not?
Our Cook County
grand juries rarely assert their powers to call witnesses or request
documents. In the typical proceeding, a police officer testifies
for two minutes, the grand jurors vote, and that’s it. Why don’t the grand
juries do more to investigate the cases?
Response: I think grand juries in
Illinois and elsewhere rarely assert their powers to call witnesses or request documents or other evidence
because, as I explained in response to your first question, they don't know they can
and don't know that is a proper part of their role. All we have to do is figure
out how to educate people so they do know this. Think we can get a show on TV
entitled "Grand Jurors"?