- Law Cases
by Millard Blanchard, ©2013
(Jan. 7, 2013) — I have just returned from the courthouse where I went to witness the seating of the next session’s grand jury. As of July last year our jury pool is picked at random from a cross section of the community and the jury is picked by computer. My concern was the briefing and charging of the pool by the district attorney. So that is what I was there for. A deputy sheriff who I know was standing on the upper level so I asked him where the jury pool was meeting. He asked if I had been called for jury duty and I said no; I just wanted to witness the charging of the jury pool. He said that part of the process was closed to the public and I would not be able to witness it. I am assuming that this briefing followed the guidelines of the Georgia grand jury handbook which leads the jurors to believe that they are acting as agents of the state. This is not a great revelation, as FIJA has known this for years.
Previous conversations with the clerk had given me the grand jury process. The jury would be seated this morning and the DA would then give them his “bills” which they would rubber-stamp today and if necessary finish tomorrow and then retire unless called into special session by the DA. There are no provisions for citizen input into the session.
I had made an attempt last year to go directly to the grand jury foreman, mid-session, with the election law violations committed by SOS Kemp and did get that presented to the grand jury sub-committee. However, the DA was sitting with the committee during their deliberations and instructed them not to investigate. State officers are investigated by county grand juries in Georgia per our OCGA’s. The only stigma is that the DA has to notify the AG before he files with the grand jury. So I gave my package to the DA with instructions to file against the SOS per the OCGA’s. His response to that was that he wasn’t going to do it.
Numerous letters and requests for a meeting with our district judge go unanswered.
So here, in north Georgia in the Enotah judicial district, one finds the citizens’ grand jury under complete and total control of the “state.” The jury box is closed and with it, perhaps, one of the very last and most powerful avenues of redress for the citizens. The We the People folks who caused the Constitution to be formed are now stripped of one of the very basics of its foundation.
This has been a long, hard road for a stubborn person with a thick head but at least I have seen and experienced it first-hand. All the boxes are closed except that very last one. When that box closes we become indentured slaves, forever. It is my contention at this time that I don’t want to experience that and so will protect my inalienable right to possess the means to protect my family and property in the way I need to and will do so, or die in the process, if necessary.
“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” - Samuel Adams
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