Rhode Island grand jury testimony

Attorney General Patrick Lynch said in a statement that he might release the transcripts by the end of January. It will take time to black out certain personal information, he said.

Though grand jury testimony is normally secret, Superior Court Presiding Justice Joseph Rodgers Jr. said “unique circumstances” merit its release.

The attorney general’s office petitioned Rodgers for permission to release the grand jury transcripts.

At a hearing last week, opponents said that grand jury witnesses need to speak without fear of retaliation, and that releasing the testimony could tarnish the reputation of anyone exonerated or never charged.

But the judge said the list of witnesses has already been made public and that no one who appeared before the grand jury has formally objected.

What is a formal objection?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6297134,00.html

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