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house Bill H.R. 429

Does The Grand Jury Process Need More Transparency And Public Interaction?

Argument in favor

Reforming the grand jury process and inviting the public to follow proceedings can help avoid violations of justice. By putting these cases under state level control, local district attorneys will no longer hesitate to bring charges against law enforcement officers in their jurisdiction.

Elinor's Opinion
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02/10/2015
Yes, we should be able to see what is happening in the system of justice that supposedly exists in our country.
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Garrett's Opinion
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05/18/2015
The statistics prove that the current grand jury process is broken. This kind of transparency will greatly help prevent further tragedies through greater scrutiny. Government, in general should be transparent in any case where public safety is not in danger from the release of the information.
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Nicholas's Opinion
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02/06/2015
Way too cozy of a relationship between DAs and cops for anything even close to a fair process for all of us plebs.
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Argument opposed

This bill does not bind the local district attorney to the findings of the special prosecutor, which somewhat defeats the purpose of this reform. Also, employing special prosecutors after every deadly-force incident involving law enforcement could be costly.

Ryan's Opinion
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02/06/2015
This legislation isn't being put forth for any other reason than political fodder. Our Grand Jury system, while not perfect, does work. This bill isn't doing anything except giving politicians a "see I told you so" moment if the bill doesn't pass. It's shameful and, a large reason why our government isn't getting anything done in districts with politicians in it like this.
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Deborah's Opinion
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02/04/2015
a grand jury sees all evidence and makes a decision based on that evidence. The media speculations that go on are fueled by fear and sensationalizing unsubstantiated facts for ratings. More transparency and public interaction isn't needed, because there will never be enough to satisfy everyone.
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Jv's Opinion
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02/06/2015
not perfect but should serve the purpose for which it was intended
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    Yes, we should be able to see what is happening in the system of justice that supposedly exists in our country.
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    The statistics prove that the current grand jury process is broken. This kind of transparency will greatly help prevent further tragedies through greater scrutiny. Government, in general should be transparent in any case where public safety is not in danger from the release of the information.
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    This legislation isn't being put forth for any other reason than political fodder. Our Grand Jury system, while not perfect, does work. This bill isn't doing anything except giving politicians a "see I told you so" moment if the bill doesn't pass. It's shameful and, a large reason why our government isn't getting anything done in districts with politicians in it like this.
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    Transparency always improves the process
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    Way too cozy of a relationship between DAs and cops for anything even close to a fair process for all of us plebs.
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    all government actions should be open to public examination!
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    a grand jury sees all evidence and makes a decision based on that evidence. The media speculations that go on are fueled by fear and sensationalizing unsubstantiated facts for ratings. More transparency and public interaction isn't needed, because there will never be enough to satisfy everyone.
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    The grand jury has become a rubber stamp for the establishment when it should be the first threshold of justice.
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    We don't need a bill to place another crutch on our Law Enforcement. Common sense should dictate when an officer of the law is assaulted by a criminal element, the officer has every right to defend his own life from the garbage in our society.
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    No, we need to not tolerate the thuggery!
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    not perfect but should serve the purpose for which it was intended
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    The grand jury is supposed to be governed by the people . In fact the whole. Kurt system is wrong for a long time now . Get the BAR out. It answers to the crown ! Or the politicians that do . The people of the 50 states need to get their grand juries up and juror pools ready to go . We have worked on this ... tired of the people being denied due process . Judges are doing everything without juries . www.nationallibertyalliance.org more Americans needed. You cannot run a republic without the people understanding that they need to participate and how. We offer free constitutional courses, civics. Sheriffs need this and we offer it.
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    But I do think that grand jurors should have to go through a federally set vetting process.
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    Grand juries are not trials. Making them more transparent to the public opens up the opportunity for bias and lobbying for a particular decision. The system isn't broken, so it doesn't need fixing
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    I don't care how costly it is, but prosecutors MUST be bound by Grand Jury decisions.
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    To avoid corrupt grand jury proceedings in which the prosecutor controls the outcome.
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    Public pressure on grand jurors to make correct and sensible choice and prosecutors would be less prone to give false or misleading facts.
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    the grand jury concept is exactly what it is leave it or get rid of it
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    There are flaws within our legal system. We know that. I'm not sure it's with the grand jury proceedings. I think attention to and more responsible jurists is where the focus should lie. Having a system originating in 5 century Greece can be problematic, I just don't know what changes can be made within a jury system.
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    It seems like it will be another reason for cops to think through their actions more.
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