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If I'm a grand juror, what should I do if I know someone we investigate?

I=ve been called for jury duty and told that I may be chosen to serve on our county grand jury. If I am seated as a grand jury member what should I do if I am involved in an action against someone that I know?

Response: You should bring this to the prosecutor's attention. In the grand jury context, courts generally worry much less about jurors having knowledge of a case or even some bias. The theory is that the grand jury, at most, simply returns charges, and if someone is charged, they will have the right to a trial by unbiased trial jurors and will, therefore, be able to establish their innocence. Since I think that theory vastly underestimates the expense, trauma, etc. of having to go to trial, I would encourage you to let the prosecutor(s) know if and when you feel you have personal knowledge that might influence your actions as a grand juror. They can then decide what they want to do.

Or a case where I had knowledge of it?

[Same answer as above.]

I am looking forward to serving and can not understand why people wish to dodge their civil duty. Have had people ask me if I was going to try and get out of it. My answer is, I spent 10 years of my life protecting my country [USN] and our system why in hell would I stop now!

Response: Good for you! I think grand jury duty is a very important civic obligation, and it's nice to hear from someone who's prepared to take it seriously. I'm sure you'll do a good job.

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