Plame Grand Jury Out of Extensions
Reddhed at Firedoglake called the D.C. District Court Thursday and was told the Plame grand jury is a regular grand jury, not a special grand jury. There are umpteen media articles reporting it to be a special grand jury. Perhaps they made that assumption because Patrick Fitzgerald is a special counsel in the investigation.
Fitzgerald in this pleading(pdf) filed with the court said the grand jury was extended six months in late May, 2005 and will finally expire in October. So Friday is its final day. Special grand juries can be extended in six month increments for a total of 36 months. Regular grand juries can only be extended six months, to a total of 24 months. Rule 6(g) of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure:
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