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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"?

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