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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?

Bludgeoning Suspect Pleads Innocent

Item: Bludgeoning suspect pleads not guilty: Grand jury hands down seven-count indictment in Bayview case/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: The suspect in the Bayview hammer bludgeoning from last month pleaded not guilty Wednesday on all seven counts of a grand jury indictment. Larry W. Cragun, 31, of Bayview, appeared before 1st District Court Judge Benjamin Simpson after being indicted on first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, two counts of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, and burglary. The indictment came down last week.

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