A former Onondaga County grand juror has been arrested for allegedly disclosing evidence a case he was hearing.
According to Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick, 23-year-old Kenneth Jones communicated the substance of a grand jury testimony that he heard in a proceeding to another person on Oct. 12, warning that person of a pending grand jury action.
“There are few things more important in our system than protecting the identities of witnesses and grand jurors and the nature of evidence and testimony that goes before the grand jury. By law, all aspects of grand jury proceedings are intended to remain a secret. This juror, like every grand juror, swore an oath to keep all of the proceedings in grand jury secret and confidential. A violation of that oath strikes at the very heart of the integrity of our criminal justice system. It not only affects the trust that witnesses have in our system, but it literally puts peoples’ lives at risk,” said Fitzpatrick. “We intend to hold him accountable for that violation of trust.”
Jones was charged with unlawful grand jury disclosure, a felony.