Gwinnett Officer Faces Grand Jury Tomorrow

Discussion in 'Off-topic' started by Malum Prohibitum, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

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    http://www.ajc.com/gwinnett/content/met ... 5_web.html

    Apparently, this "wrong command" thing is more common than I thought.
     
  2. pro2am

    pro2am New Member

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    It appears that Cpl. Flathmann was having a bad evening, along with Ms. Oliveira. Can't we all just get along?

    It's up to the grand jury now. Citizens...aren't they?
     

  3. ber950

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    You haven't had much interaction with the criminal justice system.

    If you had you would know that the Grand Jury would indict a ham sandwich if the DA asked them to.
     
  4. pro2am

    pro2am New Member

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    Thankfully, no. But If I ever do, I'll try to get a look-alike ham sandwich to go in my stead.
     
  5. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

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    Must not have.

    Jury returned a no bill.
     
  6. ber950

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    Thats what I said when I heard this.

    For those who have no experience Grand Juries are not selected in the same manner as standard juries. They are typically selected from a pool of former juries that convicted. Also no defense is presented except in certain limited execptions .

    They tend to do what the DA asks them to.
     
  7. pro2am

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    Wow...that just...doesn't....sound...right...

    However, it is only the first step...yes? After the Grand Jury it would go to court where the defendant has the opportunity to...um...get defended.

    I guess I need to take another civics class.
     
  8. ber950

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    Thats because its not.

    Yes it is just the first step. However, I don't think this procedure is what the founding fathers had in mind. The Grand Jury process should be the defendants first line of defense not a rubber stamp for the DA.

    Oh this guy was a Police Officer. He got to put up a defense because thats one of the exceptions. You would not get the chance.
     
  9. Malum Prohibitum

    Malum Prohibitum Moderator Staff Member

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    No crime! :D