Court reviewing grand jury process

Court reviewing grand jury process

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Many questions have come out of the grand jury decision in the Tamir Rice case. How does it work? Why is it secret? Was there a vote?

The Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court is planning a comprehensive review of the local grand jury process. Administrative and Presiding Judge John J. Russo has created a Grand Jury Review Committee and appointed Judges Steven E. Gall and Michael J. Russo to lead it.

"The purpose of the committee is to look at the grand jury process and determine if there are potential ways to make it more efficient," says Judge John J. Russo. "This will include a review of the local rules that are used to guide the three grand juries as they hear evidence."

Related Stories: Tamir Rice Shooting

Last month, a grand jury decided not to indict two Cleveland police officers involved in the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

According to Prosecutor Tim McGinty the officers feared for their lives.

"On close examination— especially of what is perhaps the most critical piece of evidence, a very recent enhancement of the surveillance video by an expert laboratory often relied on by the FBI — it is now indisputable that Tamir was drawing his gun from his waist as the police car slid toward him and Officer Loehmann exited the vehicle," said McGinty.

McGinty's Statement

Tamir was fatally shot Nov. 22, 2014, at the Cudell Rec Center on West Boulevard while carrying a pellet gun.

Surveillance video shows Officer Timothy Loehmann shot Rice within two seconds of his car stopping near the gazebo at the rec center.

Officer Loehmann and his partner, Officer Frank Garmback have been on paid leave since the shooting.

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