Grand Jury Reform - Podcast

Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast

April 25, 2012

Gerald B. Lefcourt, McGregor Scott, Thomas P. Sullivan, Dean A. Reuter

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  Grand Jury Reform - MP3
Running Time: 01:01:56

Grand Jury ReformThe Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states that in federal criminal cases, "no person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury." Critics argue that the grand jury system today has strayed from it's original role as the voice of the community protecting individuals from wrongful indictments and prosecutions. On this previously recorded conference call, the speakers discuss the goals of the grand jury system, whether or not those goals are being met, and various proposed reforms on both the state and federal level. After providing their opening remarks, the speakers answer questions from the callers.

Due to technical difficulties on the telephone line at the time of the recording, the sound quality of this podcast is not high.

Featuring:

  • Mr. Gerald Lefcourt, Gerald B. Lefcourt, PC
  • Mr. McGregor Scott, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Mr. Thomas Sullivan, Jenner & Block LLP
  • Moderator: Mr. Dean Reuter, Vice President & Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

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Related Links

Teleforum
"Evaluating Grand Jury Reform in Two States: The Case for Reform." Report by National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
"If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It: Why the Grand Jury's Accusatory Function Should Not Be Changed," by Thomas P. Sullivan and Robert D. Nachman, The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, Vol. 75, No. 4, 1984.