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Examining Our Jury System

Examining Our Jury System
BY TROY SINGLETON
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY/OPINION

Judge Sol Wachter once famously said that a prosecutor could get a grand jury to "indict a ham sandwich." While that may seem funny to some, it is an alarming concept to think about in the context of our country's system of jurisprudence for many others. I have often heard this phrase repeated in popular culture through television, movies or in casual conversation when discussing the court system. It refers to the idea that many times prosecutors achieve indictments against someone, almost regardless of the circumstances, when they place a case before a grand jury.

Most recently, this issue of the impartiality of a jury has been thrust front and center into the public's consciousness. The recent decisions by a Missouri grand jury to not indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, and in New York City to not indict Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner have left many asking the question: Are grand jurors blind when assessing the facts of the case?

 

Could You Pass U.S. Citizenship Civics Test?

Could You Pass U.S. Citizenship Civics Test?
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Troy Singleton has served as a New Jersey Assemblyman representing the 7th Legislative District since 2011.

The Burlington lawmaker thinks high school seniors need a ref...

New York City Police Officers Murdered in Brooklyn

New York City Police Officers Murdered in Brooklyn
BY JIM KOURI
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Two New York City police officers while sitting in their car eating their lunches while on temporary assignment in Brooklyn (Kings County) were shot in thei...

New Jerseyans See New Congress Changing Country's Direction

New Jerseyans See New Congress Changing Country's Direction
BY STEVE MANAS
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

As 2014 winds down, New Jerseyans see both change and continuity for Congress, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. More than half of the state’...

N.J. Senate Approves ‘Made in America’ Measure Requiring Purchase of USA Made Goods in Public Contracts

N.J. Senate Approves ‘Made in America’ Measure Requiring Purchase of USA Made Goods in Public Contracts
BY RICHARD McGRATH
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – Legislation authored by Senate President Steve Sweeney that would require the purchase of U.S.A. made goods for public contracts was appro...

Majority of New Jerseyans Support Obama's Immigration Executive Order

Majority of New Jerseyans Support Obama's Immigration Executive Order
BY STEVE MANAS
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A majority of New Jersey residents (53 percent) supports President Barack Obama’s executive order sparing millions of undocumented immigrants from risk of...

New Jerseyans Say Grand Jury was Wrong Not to Indict in Eric Garner Choking Case

New Jerseyans Say Grand Jury was Wrong Not to Indict in Eric Garner Choking Case
BY STEVE MANAS
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

A clear majority of New Jerseyans say a Staten Island grand jury was wrong in its failure to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the ch...

Obama’s Scheduled Visit to McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst an Encouraging Sign

Obama’s Scheduled Visit to McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst an Encouraging Sign
BY GEORGE MAST
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

New Jersey Senate Republican Deputy Leader Diane Allen (Burlington) stated the following regarding President Barack Obama’s visit scheduled for Monday to ...

6 Reasons Chris Christie Gets Vote for President

6 Reasons Chris Christie Gets Vote for President
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Whatever you think of him, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie usually brings out strong opinions from a lot of people.

But Christie has developed considerable support fr...

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