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Citizen Green: Grand juries wielded as a political cudgel | The NC Triad's altweekly
The grand jury, a little known and poorly understood institution in the American legal system, has held a contradictory reputation as both a secret inquisition and “bulwark against oppression” over the course of its uneven, 850-year history. Although widely believed to have originated with a decree from King Henry II in England in 1166, the …