Essentially, my main point in the interview was that grand juries in North Carolina are rather ineffective, and that they don't function the way people think they function.
Raleigh, NC (PRWEB) December 17, 2014
Damon Chetson, the Principal Attorney at The Chetson Firm, was recently invited onto WNCN News for a TV interview, where he shared his expertise on how grand jury cases work in the state of North Carolina. The interview was conducted by Steve Sbraccia, and its original broadcast date was December 4, 2014.
Chetson explains that the station contacted The Chetson Firm after reading articles he had written regarding state-specific grand jury cases in North Carolina, as well as high-profile grand jury issues across the country.
The focus of the interview corresponds with two (now infamous) cases of grand jury decisions and the resulting public backlash: the jury's decision in Ferguson, Missouri not to indict the police officer involved in the shooting of Michael Brown, and a decision made by a grand jury in New York not to charge a police officer for placing victim Eric Garner in a brutal, and fatal, chokehold on a NYC sidewalk.
Following both decisions, protests erupted across the country as Americans first argued that the country's justice system is fundamentally flawed, and then realized that the majority of Americans don't really know how a grand jury case is conducted at all.
WNCN News sought to clarify the process by inviting legal expert Damon Chetson to explain the state sentencing guidelines of grand juries in North Carolina; as Chetson notes, it's unusual for news stations to contact professionals in the industry who aren't involved in a specific high-profile case.
"I'm glad that they were reaching out to defense attorneys," Chetson explains. "Court reporters often talk to prosecutors and police; less often do they talk to defense attorneys."
Overall, Chetson states, the public has been very receptive and appreciative.
"Essentially, my main point in the interview was that grand juries in North Carolina are rather ineffective, and that they don't function the way people think they function. In my interview, I explained why grand juries are really not effective: they don't show guilt, and even if the defendant is indicted, it does not mean that he or she is guilty of committing the crime."
Chetson's articles on grand juries can be found under the "Blog" section on the firm's website, at http://www.chetson.com/blog, and the December 4 interview video can be found on WNCN's website.
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