But the Supreme Court was not convinced that the presence of extraneous staff “violated the need for grand jury secrecy or compromised the grand jury’s independence from outside influences.”
In a statement sent to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Samuel blasted the decision, saying it “enshrines the notion that the grand jury is nothing more than a tool of the prosecution that enhances its advantage in a criminal prosecution.
“The constitutional ‘right’ to a grand jury is no longer a ‘right’ at all,” he said.
Olsen is charged with felony murder, aggravated assault, violation of oath of office and making a false statement.
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