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Leaders Behind Planned Parenthood Videos Are Indicted

Grand jury finds no wrongdoing by abortion provider

(Newser) - A Houston grand jury investigating undercover footage of Planned Parenthood found no wrongdoing Monday by the abortion provider but instead indicted anti-abortion activists involved in making the videos that provoked outrage among Republican leaders nationwide, the AP reports. David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress, was indicted on... More »

Ex-Official: Christie Illegally Blabbed About Grand Jury

David Wildstein gives sworn statement saying NJ governor divulged secret info

(Newser) - Chris Christie's decision to run for president may have to wait as he deals with a new legal distraction. A sworn statement by David Wildstein, the ex-Port Authority official accused of shutting down lanes to the George Washington Bridge in 2013, not only seems to show that Wildstein regularly... More »

Member of Darren Wilson Grand Jury Wants to Talk

'Grand Juror Doe' sues St. Louis prosecutor

(Newser) - Those wondering what exactly happened behind the scenes of the grand jury that declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown may finally get to hear the inside scoop. A member of that jury, identified as "Grand Juror Doe" in court documents, filed a... More »

Tamir Rice's Mom: No Grand Jury, Please

Samaria Rice recounts day police shot her 12-year-old boy

(Newser) - The mother of a 12-year-old boy shot dead while brandishing a toy gun wants authorities to skip the grand jury. At a press conference in Cleveland, the attorney for Samaria Rice urged prosecutors to avoid a grand jury trial and directly charge the officer who shot Rice's son Tamir... More »

Some Ferguson Grand-Jury Records Were Kept Secret

Certain witness interviews withheld from public as feds continue investigation

(Newser) - "As I have promised, the evidence presented to the grand jury, with some exceptions, and the testimony of the witnesses called to the grand jury will be released at the conclusion of this statement." Those were St. Louis Prosecutor Robert McCulloch's words at the Nov. 24 press... More »

NYPD Cop: Chokehold Was Wrestling Move

Officer's lawyer shares grand jury details as thousands protest

(Newser) - "I can't breathe," protesters chanted in New York after a grand jury yesterday decided not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. The New York Times has details from Pantaleo's Nov. 21 grand jury testimony as described by his lawyer,... More »

Eric Garner's Widow: 'Are You Serious?'

NYPD cop says he meant no harm in statement after grand jury decision

(Newser) - The widow of the man who died during an arrest by the NYPD can't believe that an officer seen using a chokehold on Eric Garner was not indicted today. “Oh my God, are you serious?” Esaw Garner tells the Daily News . “I’m very disappointed. You can... More »

No Charges for NYPD Cop in Chokehold Death

Grand jury does not indict Daniel Pantaleo in death of Eric Garner

(Newser) - Another high-profile grand jury investigation has resulted in no charges for a white police officer accused in a black civilian's death. This time, it's Staten Island, where a grand jury today chose not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner in July, reports... More »

Of Course Darren Wilson Wasn't Indicted

Observers call for action on accountability

(Newser) - As the media reacts to a grand jury's decision not to indict Darren Wilson, commentators appear to agree on one thing: This isn't a surprise. While grand juries usually return an indictment, notes, that doesn't seem to be the case when it comes to police... More »

Michael Brown Family Asks for 4.5 Minutes of Silence

It's a reference to the number of hours he spent on the street after being shot

(Newser) - With the grand jury decision expected to be announced later today in the death of Michael Brown, the teen's family has requested a moment of silence once it is made public. The family called for 4½ minutes of silence, which CNN explains is a reference to the approximately 4½... More »

Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Coming Today

St. Louis newspaper expects news conference at 6:30 ET

(Newser) - Today's the day: A grand jury has decided whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will face criminal charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown, reports the Washington Post . An attorney for Brown's relatives says they have been notified that the decision is in and that it will... More »

Grand Juries Are a Farce— but Not in Ferguson

Prosecutor's move points way to fairer process: David Feige

(Newser) - Grand juries were invented to protect citizens from rushed and unfair prosecution, but today, they do quite the opposite, writes David Feige at Slate . Prosecutors normally play a "controlling role" in the grand jury process, taking charge of who's allowed in meetings and presenting jurors with "as... More »

National Guard Is Returning to Ferguson

Gov. Jay Nixon takes action before Michael Brown grand jury decision

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency today and activated the National Guard in advance of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Nixon says the National... More »

Alabama House Speaker Charged With 23 Felonies

Mike Hubbard, 52, calls it a 'political witch hunt'

(Newser) - Alabama's house speaker dropped by the Lee County jail today, but not to glad-hand: Special agents booked him on 23 felony violations of ethics laws, reports. Mike Hubbard, 52, a powerful figure in state Republican politics, was accused of using his office to solicit items of value... More »

Grand Jury to Consider Case Against Driver Tony Stewart

He could face charges in death of fellow driver

(Newser) - A grand jury will decide whether to charge three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart in the August death of a fellow driver at a race in upstate New York. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said today he decided to present the case to a grand jury after reviewing evidence collected... More »

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Indicted on 30 Counts

Some carry death penalty; he also scrawled anti-US messages on boat

(Newser) - A federal grand jury has returned a 30-count indictment against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev —and 17 of the charges could bring life in prison or the death penalty. Among them: using a weapon of mass destruction and bombing a place of public use, resulting in death. Dzhokhar and older brother Tamerlan... More »

Menendez Facing Grand Jury Probe

Investigation centers on ties to Salomon Melgen

(Newser) - Sen. Robert Menendez is facing a federal grand jury probe amid continuing questions over his relationship with friend and donor Salomon Melgen, insiders tell the Washington Post . Interviews and records show the New Jersey Democrat pushed the Dominican government to follow through on a port security contract with Melgen; Menendez'... More »

Prosecutor: No Grand Jury for Trayvon Shooting

Angela Corey to decide herself whether to charge George Zimmerman

(Newser) - Special prosecutor Angela Corey has announced that she will not be handing the Trayvon Martin case over to a grand jury, and will instead decide whether to charge George Zimmerman unilaterally. A grand jury had been set to convene tomorrow, on the orders of Corey's predecessor, CNN explains. But... More »

Sandusky Witness Changed His Story: Insider

Mike McQueary's account at core of Penn State case

(Newser) - The witness whose account of the now-infamous shower encounter sits at the center of the Penn State child abuse case has changed his story over the years, according to the Patriot-News . Much of the case against Jerry Sandusky hinges on former assistant coach Mike McQueary's report that he saw... More »

Sandusky May Have Tampered With Witness: Lawyer

Coach dined with at least 1 alleged victim

(Newser) - One lawyer in the Penn State abuse scandal is crying foul after Jerry Sandusky reached out to his alleged victims while under a grand jury investigation, MSNBC reports. "One of the questions that raised in my mind, ‘Was this an effort on his part to tamper with witnesses?’... More »

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