Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 1 decade ago

Why does defendant not get to make a statement before the complaint goes before the grand jury?

I thought in America you were innocent until proven guilty

9 Answers

  • Driver
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    I actually just finished a 6-month term on a grand jury. At first I thought it was strange that we only heard one side of the story, but it's really okay since the grand jury is not making any final decisions, it's just giving the prosecution the okay to go ahead with the case.

    The function of the grand jury is to determine if there is probable cause for the case to go forward (and possibly through the regular trial system). It is not to determine guilt. As the prosecutors explained it to us, in a regular (petit) jury, you have to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In a grand jury, you just have to decide that it's more likely than not that the person did it. Also, we didn't all need to agree. We had 23 people on the grand jury, and only had to have agreement of 12 people to sign off on a charge.

  • 4 years ago

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  • Richie
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Because as the defendant, they have to first know what you're being charged with. It's a follow of reason. And it's not like after hearing the complaint they're just gonna make a judgement before the defense has a chance to retort.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hopefully the lawyer for the defendant is smarter than the defendant and convinces him not to.

    The fact that you are innocent until proven guilty is EXACTLY why making a statement before you are required to testify would be royally stupid.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'm pretty sure they have to get evidence to prove them guilty before the grand jury so technically they were already proven guilty.

  • 1 decade ago

    I agree with citicop for the most part. But in all actuality your case has to be heard before a grand jury usually in high crimes. What ever it was that you did to get where you are going, I hope if you are innocent that you can prove it. This grand jury thing usually has to do with guns and drugs and other things of this nature. Not good for you if you are innocent, that's for sure.

    Source(s): Law Sciences
  • 1 decade ago

    The Grand Jury only looks to see if there is probable cause. It does not decide guilt or innocence.

    And usually, the suspect DOES have the chance to make his case to the police. But they may choose not to do so.

    Source(s): 9+ years Law Enforcement
  • 1 decade ago

    Citi cop nailed it.

  • 1 decade ago

    The attorney makes the statement for them.* That is why he was hired.*

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