Cleveland-area judges to review how grand juries operate

CLEVELAND (AP) — The presiding judge in the county that includes Cleveland says he’s appointed two fellow jurists to lead a committee to study whether the county’s grand juries can operate more efficiently.

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County prosecutors recently drew criticism over how they presented evidence to a grand jury in the fatal police shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy playing with a pellet gun outside a recreation center. Common Pleas Judge John Russo said in a statement Thursday that he’d planned to examine the grand jury process before those concerns arose.

Russo says the panel will review local rules used by the county’s three grand juries, which typically meet twice a week over a four-month period. Russo says he wants to ensure the system is as smooth and efficient as possible.