Penobscot County grand jury session canceled when quorum not reached

Posted Dec. 30, 2013, at 12:23 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Monday session of the Penobscot County grand jury was canceled when just 11 of the 13 people needed to convene showed up at the Penobscot Judicial Center.

The cases that were to be presented Monday will be presented at the next session set for Wednesday, Jan. 29, according to Michael Roberts, deputy district attorney for Penobscot County.

The grand jury usually meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Monday’s session was scheduled because Christmas fell on the fourth Wednesday of December.

Each September, 23 people are chosen to serve on the grand jury for the next year, Roberts said. Thirteen must be present for prosecutors to present evidence.

Under Maine law, a grand jury must determine there is probable cause to charge a person with a felony. If it does so, an indictment is issued.