This Crime Was Committed 81 Times, But Only 1 Went To Trial. Here's What The Suspects Had In Common.

When you think of crime and punishment, you might think of two things:


"Law and Order"


and "12 Angry Men"

But there's an important step between the two that we're missing here: grand juries.

Normally, the police will work with the local prosecutor (or district attorney) to make sure the appropriate charges are brought against a suspect.

Those charges, along with the evidence, are brought to a grand jury, which weighs the evidence and decides whether it is sufficient to warrant a full trial (an indictment). But grand jury proceedings are totally different from a trial.

What makes a grand jury different?

So it's no surprise that most grand juries choose to indict. The prosecutor wants the grand jury to indict, so the prosecutor provides a narrative that seems ... indict-y.

Then why don't cops get indicted and sent to trial?

The Houston Chronicle examined the issue and found that officers are almost never indicted after killing unarmed civilians.

When interviewed, Ray Hunt, president of the Houston Police Officers' Union, told the Chronicle that the discrepancy is because jurors tend to empathize with the police:

Legal experts say it's all about the prosecutor.

James Cohen, a law professor at Fordham University who specializes in criminal procedure, tells Gothamist:

Collette Flanagan, founder of the organization Mothers Against Police Brutality, told U.S. News and World Report:

Jason Leventhal, a former Staten Island assistant district attorney, told The Christian Science Monitor:

Living a simple and happy life, Chow Yun-fat plans to give his around $700 million fortune to charity, Hong Kong movie site Jayne Stars reported.

Chow Yun Fat was born in Lamma Island, Hong Kong, to a mother who was a cleaning lady and vegetable farmer, and a father who worked on a Shell Oil Company tanker. Chow grew up in a farming community, in a house with no electricity.

He would wake at dawn each morning to help his mother sell herbal jelly and Hakka tea-pudding on the streets; in the afternoons, he went to work in the fields.

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