Federal Prosecutors Push Back Against A Request From Frederick County’s Sheriff

Sheriff Jenkins is asking that grand jury testimony be made public.

Baltimore, Md (KM) A request from Frederick County Sheriff Chuck Jenkins to release the testimony and documents presented to a grand jury that led to his indictment is facing opposition from federal prosecutors. .

In federal court on Monday, Jenkins argued that there were irregularities in the grand jury proceedings that resulted in his indictment. Federal prosecutors say the defendant has produced no evidence of any wrongdoing.

Grand jury proceedings are usually kept secret. But defendants can ask the judge to release the testimony and documents if they feel there is something in the minutes that would bring up a basis to dismiss the charges.

Jenkins and local businessman Robert Krop were indicted in April for conspiracy and making false statements to illegally obtain machine guns. Both men have pleaded not guilty to those charges.

The two defendants will be tried separately.

By Kevin McManus