from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A jury convened to determine if there is sufficient evidence to warrant the indictment of a suspected offender. A federal grand jury consists of between 16 and 23 persons and is required by the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution before a person can be indicted for a serious criminal offense under federal law.

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  • noun law A group of citizens assembled by the government to hear evidence against an accused, and determine whether an indictment for a crime should be brought.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a jury to inquire into accusations of crime and to evaluate the grounds for indictments


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