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What is a grand jury?

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A grand jury is deciding whether to indict Wilson for killing Michael Brown. Wilson, who is white, fatally shot Brown, who was black, on Aug. 9 following a scuffle inside Wilson's police SUV that spilled onto the street. A grand jury is deciding whether to indict Wilson for killing Michael Brown. Wilson, who is white, fatally shot Brown, who was black, on Aug. 9 following a scuffle inside Wilson's police SUV that spilled onto the street.
FERGUSON, Mo. - A decision from the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri on whether or not Officer Darren Wilson will face charges for the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown is expected this week. 


Local law enforcement officers say a decision is expected Monday. 


We've had a few inquiries at KHQ about what a grand jury is and what role they play in the criminal process. 


Basically a grand jury works with a prosecutor to decide whether to bring criminal charges or an indictment against a potential defendant, in this case Officer Darren Wilson. 


Grand jury proceedings are usually reserved for serious felonies, and are typically much more relaxed than normal proceedings. The prosecutor will explain the law to the jury and work with them to gather evidence and hear testimony. 


A unanimous decision from all members of a grand jury is not needed to indict, but there does need to be a super majority of 2/3 or 3/4 agreement for an indictment. Although a grand jury may not choose to indict a defendant, a prosecutor may still bring the defendant to trial if they think they have a strong enough case, but if the prosecutor does get an indictment from the grand jury, the trial of the defendant will most likely begin faster. 


When the grand jury in Ferguson reaches their decision, we will let you know as soon as possible. 

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