The grand jury has been called a sword and shield for the people, but is it serving that purpose today? Two former prosecutors, Joel Cohen of Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP and Professor Bennett Gershman of Pace Law, debate whether today’s grand juries are bulwarks against the state and discuss how they could be reformed.

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