Bankers Club Luncheon

The Federal Grand Jury was the topic of a panel discussion at the South Florida Chapter Bankers Club Luncheon on April 9, 2014. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Watson, who served as the moderator, provided an overview of the historical origin of and constitutional basis for the grand jury.

Judge Graham spoke about the grand jury empanelment process, including the qualifications for grand jury service and the grand jury’s oath. Supervisory AUSA Peter Forand explained the grand jury’s operation, including the role of the prosecutor as legal advisor to the body and the procedure for presenting a proposed indictment.  Judge Simonton spoke about the magistrate judge’s role in the grand jury process.

Attorney Howard Srebnick provided a defense counsel perspective, including on pre-indictment discussions with the prosecutor, the limited involvement of the defense in the grand jury process, and the effect of a grand jury probable cause finding.  All in all, it was an extremely informative lunch!

  • Category: Bankers Club Luncheon
  • Date: April 9, 2014