Many, many years ago I got selected for a three month Grand Jury term. We met one a week for about a half a day. There was the occasional week off. It was a really education experience. Only heard the states side of the case and only enough to decide if a crime was committed. Showed me how the district attorney could sway a juries opinion about specific charges. All the evidence was presented by a assistant D/A (States Attorney in MD). The one we had was former military and former undercover cop who went to night school for his law degree. He was a tough, hang them, kind of guy. Bragged about still going on raids and busting down doors.
We had one case in which the son of a state trooper was arrested for breaking into a gas station. D/A managed to convince a majority of the jury, not me, not to bring charges against the kid. Told us the investigators determined it was a scheme to avoid the draft. Like I said this was a long time ago. Kid commits a minor crime, gets a arrest record and the military doesn't want him. D/A said it's better for him to serve his justice in the military and not indite the kid. I say go to trial. Let the evidence and jury decide. I've been suspicious of the court system ever since.
Years later the top States Attorney, the boss of the attorney that presented cases to us got into trouble with sex on the job. Seems promotions were tied to more than job performance. Turns out that he was so hated by the female staff, that the one that served him his coffee and tea got one of the male attorney's in the office to piss in his ice tea. That piss supplying attorney turned out to be, you got it, the macho, sawed off shot gun carrying, bust the door down attorney from my Grand Jury term. It all stinks and not just from the piss smell.