A New York Criminal Lawyer said the grand jury of April 1975 submitted four reports to the court concerning four separate investigations. All four reports were submitted pursuant to provisions of the Criminal Procedure Law and contain proposed recommendations for legislative, executive and administrative action in the public interest based upon stated findings. The Court is now required to determine whether an order shall be made either accepting and filing such reports as public records, or directing that such reports be sealed.
The New York State Constitution provides in part that the power of grand juries to inquire into the willful misconduct in office of public officers, and to find indictments or to direct the filing of information in connection with such inquiries, shall never be suspended or impaired by law. While the District Attorney is by statute a legal adviser to the Grand Jury, he may not dominate or control them in the lawful exercise of their primary function of making inquiry.