Chris Joseph and his colleagues on the defense bar noticed a dramatic uptick in grand jury indictments in Shawnee County—often on the eve of a preliminary hearing where a probable cause determination would have been made in open court, rather than in a closed grand jury proceeding. The practice of securing indictments using a grand jury, which is rare elsewhere in Kansas, has become the norm in the Third Judicial District. Chris shared his perspective with the Topeka Capital Journal in this interesting article. Full post…

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