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Did the Starr grand jury vote on anything?

I have a half-recollection of reading somewhere that Kenneth Starr never asked "his" federal Grand Jury to vote. I haven't been able to find my source. Do you know whether Starr's Grand Jury voted on anything?

Response: I must admit, I've been so disgusted by the whole process that I have not gone through all the materials Starr released to see if they did vote on anything. My impression, though, is that they did not; they always vote on whether to indict, but since that issue was not before them, I'm not sure what they would have voted on.

Was it ever asked to advise the OIC or confirm/deny any proposal put to it by the OIC?

Response: I think the grand jury just pursued its investigation according to the directions given it by Starr.

Did a judicial body supervise this Grand Jury, and was this Grand Jury required to report to any such body?

Response: Judges don't supervise the workings of a grand jury. The judge who "supervises" a grand jury really acts as a referee, ruling on motions to quash grand jury subpoenas, allegations of grand jury abuse, allegations that grand jury secrecy has been violated, and the like. Outside of settling disputes about these ground rules, the court stays out of the process.

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