Section 12-16-216

Grand juror, witness, etc., prohibited from revealing, disclosing, etc., form, nature, etc., of physical evidence or questions asked; no person to directly, indirectly, etc., by any means, obtain information as to physical evidence or questions asked; exception as to state prosecutions.

No past or present grand juror, past or present grand jury witness or grand jury reporter or stenographer shall willfully at any time, directly or indirectly, conditionally or unconditionally, by any means whatever, reveal, disclose or divulge or endeavor to reveal, disclose or divulge or cause to be revealed, disclosed or divulged, any knowledge of the form, nature or content of any physical evidence presented to any grand jury of this state or any knowledge of the form, nature or content of any question propounded to any person within or before any grand jury or any comment made by any person in response thereto or any other evidence, testimony or conversation occurring or taken therein. Nor shall any person at any time directly or indirectly, conditionally or unconditionally, by any means whatever, corruptly or with intent to influence a grand juror or other person authorized by law to attend a grand jury, or by threats of harm to person or property, or by force applied to person or property or by threatening letter or communication, or by offer of reward, remuneration, gift, benefit or thing of value of whatever nature and kind, obtain or endeavor to obtain any knowledge of the form, nature or content of any physical evidence presented to any grand jury of this state, or any knowledge of the form, nature or content of any question propounded to any person within or before any grand jury, or any knowledge of the form, nature or content of any answer or comment made by any person in response thereto, or any other evidence, testimony, or conversation occurring or taken therein.

Provided however, the State of Alabama shall not be precluded from using the testimony of a grand jury witness to impeach that witness's testimony in the trial of a criminal case, nor shall the State of Alabama be precluded from using grand jury testimony to prosecute a perjury warrant or indictment, nor shall the State of Alabama be precluded from using grand jury testimony in any manner otherwise permitted by law. Further, provided however, that grand jury evidence and testimony may be presented to grand juries of other circuits and jurisdictions upon the issuance of a proper grand jury subpoena.

(Acts 1979, No. 79-457, p. 745, §3.)