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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.

Question: Have you served on a grand jury?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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