The Law: Reforming Grand Juries

Every so often, like an air bubble from a sunken ship, a new bit of law reform arises out of the hulk of the Nixon Administration. A U.S. House judiciary subcommittee is currently taking expert testimony on the venerable and awesome grand jury system, which Nixon's Justice Department had used to intimidate its New Left opponents, and many legal authorities are calling for change. Another alteration in the 800-year evolution of the grand jury, which once served to protect the innocent from over-zealous prosecutors, appears imminent.

From 1970 to 1973, agents of the Justice...

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