Once the grand jury votes, the foreperson knocks on the door, letting the prosecutor know they have finished their decision-making.
Grand jury proceedings are secret. It is a crime for a member of the grand jury, the district attorney’s office, the court stenographer, an officer holding a witness in custody or an attorney for a witness to reveal the nature or substance of anything that took place in the grand-jury room.
Penny Clute has been an attorney since 1973. She was the Clinton County district attorney from 1989 through 2001, then Plattsburgh City Court judge until she retired in January 2012.