Cook County Prosecutors Making Sure Gun Charges Go to Trial
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Cook County Prosecutors Making Sure Gun Charges Go to Trial

More and more, Chicago’s prosecutors are developing a hardline stance against gun crime. They’ve altered their policy for criminal justice to ensure more convictions for those facing weapon charges in Cook County.
 
Their new tactic is simple. In order to secure more convictions for felony gun possession, prosecutors are avoiding preliminary hearings in front of a judge. Instead, they’re opting to have a grand jury approve the charges.
 
During the early stages of a case, either a grand jury or judge can decide if enough probable cause exists to proceed with the trial. Officials from the in state’s attorney’s office explained the reason for their policy shift: while individual judges can prove unpredictable, grand juries almost always side with the prosecution and indict the accused.…