(Cleveland) – The Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court has sworn three new grand juries, which began service this month and will meet through the end of April.
Common Pleas Court judges appoint a foreperson for each grand jury. For this current session, Judge Brendan J. Sheehan appointed Jerry Primm. He is an associate minister at Philemon Community Baptist Church in Cleveland where he heads the Teen & Courtesy Ministries. Judge Kathleen Ann Sutula named Thomas Costello, the recently retired owner of Costello & Associates in Broadview Heights. Judge Deborah M. Turner appointed Carolyn Albright of Shaker Heights, a Cleveland Clinic retiree and part-time employee for the city of Warrensville Heights.
Grand juries consist of 14 citizens selected from the public and the current three panels meet twice a week for four months on different days and times. During those proceedings, which are not open to the public by law, only the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s office presents witnesses and evidence.
The Grand Jury then decides if probable cause exists that a felony has been committed by the accused person. If so, an indictment is returned and filed with the Clerk of Courts office, commencing formal criminal proceedings against the defendant.