from the Portland Mercury
The Grand Jury has come to a verdict in the James Chasse death. Nobody was criminally liable.
As well as hearing testimony fro 30 witnesses, the Grand Jury also reviewed exhibits, photographs and records that included Mr. Chasse’s extensive mental health history.
Attorneys and an investigator for the Chasse family were allowed to review all investigative material in the possession of the District Attorney’s Office and suggest any witnesses or evidence that should be heard before the Grand Jury. They suggested one witness, Dr. Brady, who was called. They were also permitted to review written definitions of possible criminal conduct in this matter that were given to the Grand Jury.
District Attorney Michael Schrunk has emphasized that today’s decision by the Grand Jury is a narrow one: whether any individual had criminal responsibility in Mr. Chasse’s tragic death.