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Utah prosecutors: State’s grand jury law needs re-write

Courts » They say it gives no clear standards on when a grand jury is appropriate.

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He said he also fears prosecutors would more often choose private grand jury proceedings over public preliminary hearings.

"We do not need to expand the use of grand juries," Moffat said.

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Dan Becker, state court administrator, also voted against the proposed bill. He said the courts had no position on the issue, but added that he had several questions, including what form an appeal record would take and whether formal records of grand jury proceedings would need to be created.

Gill said updating Utah’s law will not send the state "into chaos" and won’t violate any laws. Grand jury gatherings would still be rare, Gill said, but would offer the best solution to dealing with complex cases.


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