AMERICAN GRAND JURY TEAMS UP WITH DR. JAMES MANNING IN PURSUIT OF THE TRUTH
by Sharon Rondeau
(Feb. 12, 2010) — American Grand Jury has announced that it has formed a strategic partnership with Dr. James David Manning, Pastor of ATLAH Ministries and outspoken Obama critic, to assist with a trial and grand jury hearing to be held at ATLAH Ministries, 38 West 123rd Street, ATLAH (Harlem), New York, this spring. The focus will be Columbia University, which Obama claims as his alma mater but Manning contends Obama never attended.
Dr. Manning has stated he has evidence that university officials sold Obama a Political Science degree and are therefore complicit in a cover-up of Obama’s true past. The trial will take place May 14-19, 2010, seven blocks from the university.
The Post & Email’s exclusive interview with Dr. Manning can be found here.
Founded by Bob Campbell in March 2009, American Grand Jury was a product of what he believed to be the election and installation of an ineligible candidate for the presidency. Campbell assembled a website and recruited jurors from across the country to examine evidence online to determine whether or not Barack Hussein Obama meets the definition of “natural born citizen” as required by the U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1, (5).
Campbell was particularly inspired by Carl Swensson of Georgia, who organized and conducted the first modern-day citizens’ grand jury there on March 29, 2009. Since then, Campbell has organized 16 online citizens’ grand juries based on the Fifth Amendment to the Bill of Rights, which reads, in part: “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury…”
According to an in-depth article entitled “Grand Jury Power, Take It Back” by the late Alan Stang, up until about 1936, citizens’, or common law, grand juries were commonplace and operated without a prosecutor to examine evidence of crimes having been committed in the community or by public officials. In 1946, Congress amended the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, labeling the findings, or “presentments,” of a citizens’ grand jury “obsolete.” While it would have taken a constitutional amendment to abolish common law grand juries, Congress’s revision of the FRCP served as a damper on them, and they were eventually abandoned and replaced by the prosecutor-led grand juries of today.
Stang asserts, “The 5th Amendment still says what it has always said, but if you sit on a grand jury and return a “presentment” today, the prosecutor will bully you into the belief that he must sign it or the judge will throw it out. Judges and lawyers have repeated the lie so long, the people now believe it. They don’t know they have that power. “ Further, in 1992, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia affirmed the constitutionality of citizens’ grand juries thusly: “[R]ooted in long centuries of Anglo-American history,… the grand jury is mentioned in the Bill of Rights, but not in the body of the Constitution. It has not been textually assigned, therefore, to any of the branches described in the first three Articles. It “‘is a constitutional fixture in its own right.’”
Following each grand jury convened over the past year, Campbell and his team prepared presentments which were delivered to courts, attorneys general, judges, sheriffs and law enforcement personnel across the country. The Hon. Royce Lamberth, U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, has issued two opinions in response to the filing of AGJ presentments, including the statement that the presentments “are constitutionally permitted.”
Of AGJ’s role in the Columbia trial, Campbell stated, “American Grand Jury will be there as a servant to Dr. Manning. Our role would be that of an observer, investigative reporter and ultimately a presenter of charges.” He plans to hold a live grand jury which will review the evidence presented by Manning and reach a verdict. There will be live audio streaming over the internet so that people who cannot be in New York can participate as remote jurors. Campbell added, “American Grand Jury has to do everything it can do to get people to New York for the trial. We need to help this guy, and American Grand Jury will join forces with any organization to help with this. It’s going to be a historic event.”
Dr. Manning has released a video announcing the partnership and other details about the trial. Readers can watch it here.