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Who said that district attorneys could get grand juries to "indict a ham sandwich"?
By Curt_Anderson
March 27, 2023 8:00 pm
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Solomon "Sol" Wachtler (born April 29, 1930) is an American lawyer and Republican politician from New York. He was Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals from 1985 to 1992. Wachtler's most famous quote, made shortly after his appointment as Chief Judge, was that district attorneys could get grand juries to "indict a ham sandwich".

He achieved national notoriety when he was charged with, and then convicted of, acts stemming from threats he made against a former lover, Joy Silverman, and her daughter. Upon conviction, Wachtler served thirteen months in prison and a half-way house. After his release, Wachtler became an author and critic, as well as an advocate for the mentally ill.

The same month as his appointment, Wachtler was quoted by the New York Daily News as saying that "district attorneys now have so much influence on grand juries that 'by and large' they could get them to 'indict a ham sandwich.'"


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  1. by oldedude on March 27, 2023 10:55 pm
    sorry, it's true. Like I've said several times before, I've delivered more of a ham sadwich to a grand jury and gotten admonished by ADAs. Not a bad thing, it's how those who work within the system understand it. Those who don't. Don't.


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