If needed, Junction could seat grand jury

A federal grand jury could be impaneled in Grand Junction if authorities decide there is a need for it, the chief U.S. district judge said Friday.

A grand jury was impaneled in March in Durango, and one would be impaneled in Grand Junction if the U.S. Attorney’s Office sees a need for it, Judge Wiley Y. Daniel said after he swore Gordon Gallagher in as the new magistrate judge for Grand Junction.

There is no timeline for the impaneling of a grand jury, Daniel said, adding, “At least the infrastructure is in place to accommodate one.”

Federal prosecutors now must submit felony cases in Grand Junction to grand juries in Denver or Durango.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Durango “will be working closely with Chief Judge Daniel to assess whether or not a separate grand jury in Grand Junction is an appropriate use of resources at this time,” spokesman Jeff Dorschner said, noting that a key consideration is the number of cases that could be taken before a Grand Junction grand jury, especially given limited resources.


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