Published: Dec. 17, 2014 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Volunteers serve up to five days a week for a year on a civil grand jury that investigates aspects of local governments
Posted by cgjaprguy at 2:09 PM
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
[Fresno County] How Effective Are Grand Juries? We Ask Fresno County Superior Court Judge Robert Oliver
December 9, 2014
KVPR, Valley Public Radio
By Ezra David Romero and Joe Moore
Note: this links to a radio broadcast where Judge Robert Oliver talks about criminal and civil grand juries, focusing on the latter.
The recent killings of two unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers in Ferguson Missouri and New York City have brought the issue of race and law enforcement to the headlines.
But they’ve also brought the ancient institution of the grand jury to the national spotlight, after similar bodies in both states declined to bring charges against the officers involved.
Some have questioned the effectiveness of these secret panels, yet they remain an important part of our legal system today. The soon-to-retire Judge Robert Oliver of the Fresno County Superior Court joins Valley Edition host Joe Moore to tell us more about the grand jury system.
Posted by Cambriaman at 5:09 PM
December 9, 2014
Red Bluff Daily News
Note: A bit of history
The county hospital committee of Tehama county grand jury, consisting of Mary E. Campbell, Alice L. Bransford, Henry Kuse, Charles Dicus and F. T. Robson, Monday filed a report with the board of supervisors in which it was stated vast changes for betterment of the county hospital had been the past year, and “We congratulate the supervisors, as well as the county physician, Dr. Walter Gavey for the improvements.”
The improvements, it was pointed out, included a fine garden plot, plastering of the ceiling of the men’s ward, purchasing of pullets, installation of a new poultry house and the building of a brick milkhouse, now under construction.
— Dec. 9, 1914
Posted by Cambriaman at 4:59 PM
Sunday, December 7, 2014
December 6, 2014
The Bakersfield Californian
Letter to the Editor
Confusion regarding the grand jury system is increasing countrywide as the result of resent events in several states. Unfortunately there is a lack of understanding by the media as well as the public at large about what a grand jury is and what the grand jury's role is during an indictment hearing.
As the president of the Kern County Grand Jury Association and past foreman of the 2012-13 Kern County Grand Jury, I wish to reiterate that during a grand jury indictment hearing the grand jury can only look for probable cause when hearing the case presented by the district attorney. The grand jury does not determine guilt or innocence in the matter.
After hearing all evidence presented by the DA, including witness testimony under oath, and after deliberation, the grand jury will present to the presiding judge of the superior court one of two findings: a true bill (probable cause has been determined) or not a true bill (probable cause not determined). Thus ends the involvement of the grand jury in the matter.
Of the 58 counties in California, the Kern County Grand Jury is one of few which does hear indictments. Applications for the 2015-16 KCGJ will be available in January 2015: www.co.kern.ca.us/grandjury.
Lynn Runyan, President
Kern County Grand Jury Association
Posted by Cambriaman at 5:42 PM