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V.I. GRAND JURY SYSTEM WORKING, HURD SAYS

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The grand jury system has been an effective investigative tool since its implementation six years ago as part of the federal judicial system in the Virgin Islands, the territory's top federal prosecutor says.
According to James Hurd Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Virgin Islands, the system has succeeded despite doubts by many that the confidentiality essential to its success could be maintained, given the territory's relatively small population.
"We were told when we proposed a grand jury system that it would never work in the Virgin Islands," he said, and that "the secrecy would never be maintained."
To the contrary, Hurd said, the system has worked to the benefit of prosecutors on the federal level. "I’m elated that it has worked favorably," he said. "We have had only three leaks, and that is a pretty good record in any one district."
During a recent interview with the Source, Hurd said that although grand jury action is not required to indict a suspect on the federal level, utilizing the system has many benefits. He declined to provide details of how grand juries function, such as how often and under what circumstances they are empaneled or reconvened.

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