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NCJ Number: 41848 Find in a Library
Title: GRAND JURY - AN INSTITUTION ON TRIAL
Author(s): M E FRANKEL; G P NAFTALIS
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 148
Sponsoring Agency: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
New York, NY 10003
Sale Source: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
19 Union Square
New York, NY 10003
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS BOOK PROVIDES A COMPREHENSIVE OVERVIEW OF THE HISTORY OF THE GRAND JURY SYSTEM AND THE CONTROVERSIES THAT SURROUND IT.
Abstract: THE GRAND JURY HAS BECOME THE SUBJECT OF INCREASING CONTROVERSY. SOME REFORMERS HAVE CALLED FOR ITS ABOLITION; OTHERS BELIEVE THAT A MAJOR OVERHAUL OF THE INSTITUTION IS IMPERATIVE. THE HISTORY OF THE GRAND JURY AS IT BEGAN UNDER THE ENGLISH LEGAL SYSTEM IS FOLLOWED UP TO ITS PRESENT USE AT STATE AND FEDERAL LEVELS WHERE IT HAS VAST POWERS WHILE WITNESSES WHO APPEAR BEFORE IT HAVE LIMITED RIGHTS. GRAND JURORS INSTEAD OF QUESTIONING THE PROSECUTOR'S PURPOSES, SERVE ONLY TO RUBBER-STAMP THEM, A POTENTIAL MANY FEAR. THERE IS A LIVELY AND GROWING DEBATE OVER THE CHOICE BETWEEN SCRAPPING AND REHABILITATING THE GRAND JURY. THE AUTHORS ACKNOWLEDGE THE WEIGHTY ARGUMENTS FOR ITS ABOLITION, BUT CONCLUDE THAT EXTENSIVE REFORM IS PREFERABLE. THIS BOOK IS PURPOSED AS A TOOL ENABLING THE READER TO MAKE AN INDEPENDENT JUDGEMENT ON THIS MATTER CONSIDERED TO BE OF NATIONAL CONCERN.(AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)...TWH
Index Term(s): Grand juries; Indictment; Investigative powers; Juries; Jury selection; Pretrial procedures; Prosecution; Reform; Right against self incrimination; Right to counsel; Theory; Witness immunity
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