June 01, 2011

Preparing a Grand Jury Witness: Sweaty Palms, Racing Heartbeat

Grand juries have different rules from trials, and therefore require a different strategy. To avoid potential traps, know how to prepare a client to testify.

Stephen D. Brown, Christine C. Levin

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Preparing a witness to testify in front of a federal grand jury presents unique challenges, certain to induce sweaty palms and a racing heartbeat in even the most experienced lawyer. If counsel does not anticipate and address those challenges with the witness, there may be dramatic consequences, including criminal charges against your client.

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