Not only did a Johnson County grand jury decline to indict Planned Parenthood, it called for a review of the law used by anti-abortion activists to impanel it. Kansas is one of only six states that allows citizens to force the creation of taxpayer-financed grand juries simply by collecting signatures on a petition. No evidence of a crime is required, only an allegation. â€œIt is the feeling of this grand jury that the current statute that addresses the formation of a grand jury be evaluated as to evidence required to call the grand jury,â€ the jurors said in a one-page statement released Wednesday.
Plus, â€œthe grand jury also feels that the statute also be re-evaluated as to the percentage of the population required to convene a grand jury.â€ In the Johnson County grand juryâ€™s case, that was 3,739 signatures â€” at least 2 percent of the number of people who voted in the last governorâ€™s race, plus 100.
Good advice, but will the Legislature take it?
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