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LA city attorney may get grand jury power - San Jose Mercury NewsLA city attorney may get grand jury power
The Associated Press
Posted: 06/02/2010 05:53:39 AM PDT
Updated: 06/02/2010 05:53:39 AM PDT
SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Senate voted to vastly increase the powers of the Los Angeles city attorney by allowing the prosecutor to convene a grand jury to investigate misdemeanor cases.
If approved, as expected by the Assembly, Los Angeles would be the only city in California given power to impanel a grand jury to compel testimony and subpoena evidence before criminal charges are filed. The panel would not issue indictments, however.
City Attorney Carmen Trutanich asked for grand jury authority, saying it is a crucial tool for prosecutors.
Senate Bill 1168, approved 23-9 on Tuesday and sent to the Assembly, grants the Trutanich request.
District attorneys already have the power to convene criminal grand juries.
“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government.”
Patrick HenryOriginally Posted by UnklFungus