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Grand jury to investigate online voter registration

Source: 
WOW! 6 News
Author: 
James Ryan Roberts
Date: 
Friday, August 5, 2016

After Devon Weisenbach's wife's voter registration was not processed, he submitted a petition asking the Douglas County Court to appoint a grand jury to investigate the matter.

"'It's not a trial as we think of a normal trial. What a grand jury does is conduct an investigation to determine if there's enough evidence that some crime occurred,' said Mark Johnson, law lecturer at the University of Kansas.

Johnson says while quite rare in Kansas, a grand jury investigation holds a lot of weight.

'They have the power to force people to testify and if they don't testify then the people are subject to being punished for contempt of court,' said Johnson.

Johnson says the investigation will either end with an indictment or the jury will find there's no evidence a crime was committed. The Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office has continuously denied any wrongdoing."

Faculty name: 
Mark Johnson