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A ham sandwich of a case
A ham sandwich of a case

In recent weeks, after the deplorable events in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y., commentators have reminded us constantly of the old legal adage that a grand jury "will indict a ham sandwich" at the behest of a prosecutor. We have also been reminded that the converse is true, i.e. that a grand jury will also refuse to indict if that's what the prosecutor wants. That is what I believe happened, regrettably, in Ferguson and Staten Island. The experience I recount here, however, involves the ham sandwich trope, about which I offer personal — and humiliating — evidence that disproves it, or is at least the exception that proves the rule. A grand jury sometimes...

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