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Grand juries: Their role, process and Ferguson




FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 24:  Demonstrators block traffic as they protest in front of the Ferguson police department on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. A St. Louis County grand jury has decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown that sparked riots in Ferguson, Missouri in August.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
FERGUSON, MO - NOVEMBER 24: Demonstrators block traffic as they protest in front of the Ferguson police department on November 24, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. A St. Louis County grand jury has decided to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown that sparked riots in Ferguson, Missouri in August. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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When a grand jury decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown, it was an outcome that was expected by some. But others found it surprising, based on how grand juries typically work.

To better understand the process Take Two turns to Ben Trachtenberg, associate professor of law at the University of Missouri.