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Does a witness have the right to know
what a grand jury is investigating?
My father was just served with a subpoena to
testify before a federal grand jury. The subpoena did not have a caption or make any reference to the subject
matter of the investigation/inquiry. He has no idea what this is about or why he has
been asked to testify. Does he have a right to know what the grand jury is
Response: A witness does not have
a right to know what subject is being investigated, but subpoenas usually do indicate the offenses that are
Your father could (and depending on his relationship
to the investigation, perhaps should) retain an attorney to represent him in this matter.
The attorney can contact the prosecutor conducting the investigation and ask
him/her what the investigation concerns, what offenses are at issue, etc. And if it
is appropriate, the attorney can attempt to negotiate immunity for your