Double Jeopardy: New York activist subpoened for Federal Grand Jury–Again


The concept of a grand jury is to gather sufficient evidence to indict a suspect. In the process, people like Koch can be compelled to testify by being granted immunity; thus nullifying their right to “plead the Fifth” (and the First and Fourth for that matter). When Koch refuses to testify on May 16, as he did in 2009, he could be imprisoned for the remaining length of the grand jury – up to 18 months. It is a feeling, one might imagine, as terrifying as being struck by lightning for a second time.


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