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Default Greenville County's grand jury is supposed to weed out unfounded criminal

Greenville County's grand jury is supposed to weed out unfounded criminal charges — is it doing it's job?

"Steve Henry describes the Greenville County grand jury as a rubber stamp of approval for the Solicitor’s Office.

He said the grand jury — citizens who decide whether there's enough evidence for a criminal charge to proceed to trial — has become part of a meaningless step in the South Carolina judicial process rather than a way to defend against unfounded prosecutions.

Here's the data Henry uses to support his argument: According to records from the Greenville County Clerk of Court's office, the grand jury here reviewed 5,104 indictments in 2017 and returned all of them as true bill indictments, meaning they heard enough evidence on every charge last year to determine it was at least probable that a crime occurred.

Over the past five years, the Greenville County grand jury has reviewed more than 22,500 indictments and returned 99.99 percent of them as true bills, according to court records. Only 24 in that time have been returned as "no bills," meaning the grand jury decided a case should not be tried."

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