Criminal Courts

Write a 500 word essay, following the prompt below: Research grand jury proceedings. Consider the grand jury process in the context of the rights of the accused. Is it fair that during the phase of a case where the prosecution must establish probable cause that a grand jury meets in secret to determine whether to issue an indictment? Should grand juries sit in a closed (secret) session, or should the defendant have the right to be present, and the right to call witnesses? Why or why not? Why does the defendant have the right to be present at a preliminary hearing, but not at a grand jury?