Our breakout room didn't have time to let everyone speak, and I felt like I had many things that I wanted to say but couldnt due to timing. If we want to keep the breakout rooms short it would be good to make them smaller
i think that the grand jury discussion is an important one but unfortunately it doesn’t cure the wrongs built into the system that some of us believe exists (excessive prosecutorial power, unfair plea bargaining system, etc.). Also i’m not sure Ms. Taylor’s case is the best one to really discuss the grand jury because 1. i think the real issue is with prosecutors over charging 2. the facts around that case are somewhat muddy and there has been a lot of what i would consider misinformation spread out on it. Either way, great discussion.
I wish more people offered ideas of how to reform the grand jury and not speak as much to how bad it is. We all noticed in this case how bad it worked out, but there can either be a showing of how to reform or where it also worked.
I think there was too much time in the break out room and not enough time on threads. Also, there is no point in having us in a breakout room if there is not a TA there to push the conversation along, everyone will just sit there silently.
@Chulak I disagree. For a topic of this magnitude, I found the breakout rooms a much better forum for discussion compared to threads. Especially since we were covering a lot of the historical background.
I feel like because the Breonna Taylor case is such a hot button, emotional part of the zeitgeist, it makes it hard to have a substantive, law-based discussion surrounding it. I'm not saying anyone is super in favor of how things went, but there is just no way to try to cover grand jury, prosecutorial discretion, and the actual potential manslaughter charges in a balanced way. I get the response to this will be "there is no balance, it's just murder" and I feel like that's the exact issue we run into discussing this material