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Grand jury starts on Michael Brown case: What you need to know
Grand jury starts on Michael Brown case: What you need to know

A grand jury in St. Louis County began hearing evidence Wednesday in the death of Michael Brown, who was shot Aug. 9 by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Here are some questions and answers about how the grand jury works and what to expect. What will the grand jury do? Grand juries decide “whether a crime was committed and whether there is probable cause to believe the defendant committed it,” as the Missouri attorney general’s office explains. If so, the grand jury can issue an indictment, which is a formal charging document. In this case, the grand jury will decide whether to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Brown. They will consider...

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