On Friday, November 18, the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will host a day-long Criminal Justice Forum Symposium, "The Role of the Prosecutor and the Grand Jury In Police Use of Deadly Force Cases."
About the Lecture:
Events in Cleveland over the past few years have been at the center of the ongoing national debate over how the the criminal justice system should respond to cases involving police use of deadly force. Many states are considering changes to the rules governing prosecutors and grand juries, and Ohio is no exception. A task force created by the Ohio Supreme Court recently released a report suggesting a number of reforms to Ohio's grand jury rules, and those reforms are now under consideration.
These reforms, as well as other approaches from around the country, will be discussed at this symposium. Panelists will examine the potential conflicts facing prosecutors in cases involving police use of deadly force and consider proposals to mitigate those conflicts. Potential reforms to the grand jury process, such as modifying grand jury secrecy rules and giving the grand jury greater independence, will be analyzed. Panelists will also consider the role of race in police use of deadly force cases.
The symposium will feature leading scholars from around the country, including Professors R. Michael Cassidy (Boston College Law School), Rebecca Roiphe (New York School of Law), Ric Simmons (Ohio State University Moritz College of Law), Jenali Jefferson Exum (University of Toledo College of Law), among others, as well as Cleveland-Marshall Law Professors Lolita Buckner Inniss and Jonathan Witmer-Rich.