The appeal of the grand jury to the government: you get to present your allegations to a group of civilians who aren’t in any way equipped to determine the veracity of the charges and are most likely to side with you.
Grand Jury Somehow Fails To Indict Man Who Shot Deputy During No-Knock, Pre-Dawn Raid For Capital Murder
Credit: Huffington Post
February 13, 2014

Via Techdirt:

This originally was a story I only mentioned in passing while discussing the law enforcement community's growing embrace of no-knock warrants.

On December 19, eight members of Texas’s Burleson County Sheriff’s Department banged open the door of the double-wide trailer rented by 28-year-old Henry Magee and his girlfriend. It was between five and six AM and the deputies, who were there to search for marijuana and stolen weapons, set off at least two flashbang grenades in an attempt to surprise and disorient Magee, their suspect. The leader of the team, Sergeant Adam Sowders, a seven-year vet...

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