Ryan Frederick indicted by Grand Jury
A Chesapeake grand jury indicted the 28-year-old Portlock man Tuesday on charges of capital murder, use of a firearm during the commission of murder and manufacturing marijuana.
This stood out to me in the story:
Frederick’s attorney, James Broccoletti, said the grand jury’s decision to elevate charges came after the panel heard only the prosecution’s side of the case.
To the lawyers out there, help me out…is it common practice for only the prosecution to present evidence to a grand jury? I realize that an indictment only means that there’s sufficient evidence to warrant a trial, but does the defense not get an opportunity to counter the state’s case?
I guess I just don’t know enough about how the legal system works. This really surprised me. Unless there is some evidence or an aspect to this story that I’m unaware of, this kid is being railroaded.
Even if he was “manufacturing” pot (which I flat out don’t believe), what evidence would possibly support pre-meditation? I’m just not getting it. But, then again, this is government at work. They have to justify their actions and existence, even if it means sending innocents to the gallows. Can’t have the governments power to kick in the doors of we lowly subjects questioned, now can we?