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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Miller
Commonwealth v. Khari Wilcox
Citation:767 N.E.2d 1061 (Mass. 2002)
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After hearing evidence over a three-month period, a grand jury indicted Wilcox (defendant) for armed robbery and home invasion. Wilcox moved for discovery of the grand jury attendance records to determine whether at least 12 of the grand jurors who voted to indict him had heard all the evidence presented against him. Wilcox was concerned that fewer than the 12 jurors required to indict him had heard the evidence suggesting he had been erroneously identified.
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