Grand Jury Court Order

Criminal Justice

SCSJ represented an African-American man in North Carolina who was removed from a city’s grand jury one month into his year-long term. Among other things, police officers had complained to the presiding judge about the man’s questions about how the department selected targets for its undercover “buy bust” operations. The questions were posed after all of the Bills of Indictment resulting from the operations were revealed to involve black suspects. SCSJ succeeded in obtaining a court order re-instating the man to the jury, and he went on to serve as its foreman for the year.