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November 1, 2013

Multicounty Grand Jury reconvenes next month


Attorney General Scott Pruitt recently announced the Multicounty Grand Jury would investigate matters in Rogers County and the next scheduled session is Dec. 10-12.
It is unknown if the proceedings at the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, 313 NE 21 in Oklahoma City,  will include the Rogers County investigation, because state law requires the grand jury to operate in secret.
The state’s 14th Multicounty Grand Jury convened last week, issuing one indictment and recessing the session until December.
The December session schedule was set to permit the summoning of additional witnesses and gathering of additional physical evidence by the investigators assisting the grand jury.
The Rogers County investigation will be led by Assistant Attorney General Megan Tilly, chief of the AG’s Multicounty Grand Jury Unit.
Tilley attended last month’s hearing when Tulsa County District Judge Jefferson Sellers dismissed the Rogers County Grand Jury petition on a technicality.
“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,” said Katie Dark, the AG’s constituent services coordinator. “Each month, grand jurors meet to hear testimony for two to three days. All of the proceedings are closed to the public.”
The Multicounty Grand Jury meets for three days each month for a pre-determined amount of time such as 18-months, with breaks for holidays, according to Dark.
There is not a time limit on how “fast” the jurors must work, Dark said.
If the Rogers County Grand Jury petition had resulted in the convening of a local grand jury, the proceedings would have been concluded no later then May 25, 2014.
Jurors would have been selected from Rogers County residents.
Because of the questions listed in the petition a district attorny from outside the county would have been asked to oversee the proceedings.

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