People v. Pinnell is a 1974 California case concerned with equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment in the selection method of grand jurors, secret proceedings wherein each juror's oath is to maintain that secrecy. Targets of the grand jury and suspects and their attorneys are not permitted to testify or be present during the presentation of testimony. Only the prosecutor, key staff members, and witnesses are allowed inside, and deliberations are completely secret. The rationale for the secrecy is to encourage witnesses to ...

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