Thursday, September 27, 2012

State Supreme Court Orders 14th Multicounty Grand Jury to be Convened

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced Wednesday that the Oklahoma Supreme Court has ordered a new multicounty grand jury be convened.

The multicounty grand jury has jurisdiction to investigate criminal matters in all 77 counties, assisting local law enforcement as well as handling matters of state interest. The grand jurors meet at the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Building to hear testimony for two to three days each month. Testimony before a grand jury is closed to the public. Session dates have yet to be determined.

The 14th Oklahoma Multicounty Grand Jury will again be under the supervision of the Honorable Barbara Swinton, District Judge, Oklahoma County, serving as Presiding Judge.

Leading the multicounty grand jury will once again be Assistant Attorney General Charles S. Rogers, chief of the AG’s Multicounty Grand Jury Unit.

The new multicounty grand jury was requested by Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Sept. 12.

The state’s 13th Oklahoma Multicounty Grand Jury concluded in August with 25 indictments, charging a total of 31 individuals and was assisted by 113 state and local law enforcement agencies.

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