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Media, Attorneys Get Grand Jury Instruction

Media, Attorneys Get Grand Jury Instruction

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office Civil Rights Division spends an afternoon showing defense attorneys and the media how grand jury members are instructed before they decide whether to indict an individual.  Part of the training is a shoot-no shoot simulation.

In comes up often when one individual shoots another, even if the shooter is a police officer.

The simulation creates visuals of situations where a person has to decide whether to shoot.  That then weighs on whether the shooter is indicted. 

Media members and defense attorneys were handed real Glock and Sig Sauer handguns and put in situations where they had to make a life-changing decision.

What if you hesitate?  “You all waited for him to draw and shoot at you first, how come?” asked Harris County investigator Curt Bonsell, who was running the session.  “Do have to get shot first before you can shoot back?” 

“No,” was the answer. 

“Does a police officer?”

The sessions are offered every three months, when a new grand jury is empanelled in Harris County.  The civil rights division gives defense attorneys new insights on how a grand jury makes its decision whether their client winds up in front of a judge, or not. 

Click the photo to hear Dale Forbis' report... He had quite the experience:

Reporters and attorneys got the same briefing which is provided to grand jurors on the law of self-defense.  They were also given the opportunity to watch or participate in the shoot-no shoot simulation on a computerized device which cost an estimated $40,000.

 

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