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U.S. ATTORNEY: GRAND JURY SYSTEM WORKING

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The grand jury system has been an effective investigative tool since its implementation in the territory as part of the federal judicial system, the United States Attorney for the Virgin Islands, James Hurd Jr., said in a recent interview with the Source.
The system has succeeded, he said, despite doubts that its confidentiality could be maintained, given the relatively small population of the Virgin Islands.
"We were told when we proposed a grand jury system that it would never work in the Virgin Islands, the secrecy would never be maintained."
To the contrary, Hurd said, the system has worked to the benefit of federal prosecutors. "We have had only three leaks and that is a pretty good record in any one district," he said.
The grand jury system has been in existence here for six years.

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