Release of grand jury report delayed

NWF Daily News by Tom McLaughlin

March 9, 2018

By virtue that the report was finalized and presented to parties who had come under review by the grand jury, it became clear that jurors had chosen not to seek an indictment or indictments. However, whatever does appear in the report must be damaging enough that at least one person named has questioned its findings.

At least one person named in a grand jury report on the Okaloosa County School District’s operations has asked that information contained in the presentment be repressed or expunged.

For that reason, the report was not released at the end of business Wednesday as the State Attorney’s Office had planned.

“The Okaloosa grand jury report regarding the Okaloosa County School District will not be released until further order of the court,” a news release said. “Under the law regarding grand jury proceedings, no further information regarding this matter can be released at this time.”

Efforts to obtain additional details about the report, or reasons for its being withheld, were unsuccessful Wednesday.

“The press release says it all,” said Bill Bishop, chief assistant state attorney in Okaloosa County. “That is the extent of what I can say.” [READ MORE]

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