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Fri., Sept. 2, 2011, 1:14 p.m.

Richert: The Makings Of A Grand Jury

On Wednesday morning, I got a glimpse into the making of a grand jury — an entity that performs its public service out of the view of the public or the media. I was on jury duty this week, which helps explain why blogging was slow this week, and I landed in the pool to fill spots on two grand juries. It isn’t a fun job: listening to prosecutors present their cases for indictments on complicated white-collar crimes, drug cases or sex abuse and domestic violence cases. It’s a considerable time commitment: grand juries meet one morning every other week, for six months. Juror pay isn’t exactly lavish: $5 for a half day’s work, although grand jurors do get lunch if their workday runs long. I didn’t make the cut. All in all, I was glad to be unwanted/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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