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Among the critical, workable reforms detailed in that report are:
(1) the right to counsel for grand jury witnesses who are not receiving immunity;
(2) an obligation to present evidence which may exonerate the target or subject of the offense; and
(3) the right for targets or subjects to testify.
The grand jury has long drawn criticism for failing to serve its purpose as a shield against unwarranted charges. Recently a new charge has been leveled: that prosecutorial influence over the grand jury permits law enforcement misconduct to go unpunished. Both facets of the issue will be discussed in turn by two distinguished panels of experts. The first panel addressed Due Process & the Grand Jury: Protecting Targets and Witnesses and the second panel examined Equal Justice & the Grand Jury: Achieving Racial Fairness. The webcast of the two panels is available here and the conclusion is available here. For more information on the panels, click here.
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