CHARLESTON, WVa. -- The West Virginia Senate has changed its mind and passed a bill relating to grand juries.
The bill passed Saturday would make it a misdemeanor for anyone to knowingly disclose information from a secret grand jury.
The bill had failed 25-9 a few hours earlier, but a motion was made to reconsider Saturday night and 22 senators changed their votes.
Delegate Justin Marcum sponsored the bill. He said that Mingo County Sheriff Eugene Crum had requested the bill because grand jurors were tipping off drug dealers who were fleeing and destroying evidence. Crum was shot and killed last week.
Sen. Truman Chafin had said that the bill could punish a housewife who served on a jury for telling her husband what she did with her day.