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Grand Jury Reform
"The Rapidly Declining
Constraints on Rising Government Power"
By Ron Ewart,
National Association of Rural Landowners
© Copyright March 29, 2009 - All Rights Reserved
Who plunged a knife
through the "heart" of the U. S. Grand Jury?
For hundreds of years the Grand
Jury was one major impediment to rising government power. Some forms
of the grand jury date back to the Magna Carta of 1215 and evolved even
further under Common Law. In America, it was and still should be, a
constitutionally protected impediment to increasing government power,
embedded in the 5th Amendment by the beginning words: "No person shall be held to answer for a
capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or
indictment of a Grand Jury."
Oh, but never
under-estimate the sneaky, under-handedness of our so-called wise and
very clever, 545 people that control America from the top down, in each
of the three branches of government. If there is a way to increase
their power, they will find it ..... and they have. Most of this rise
in government power has occurred in the Twentieth Century, starting way
back in 1913 with President Woodrow Wilson and the 16th Amendment, the
IRS and the Federal Reserve Act, but continues unabated even today with
massive bank and business bailouts, trillion-dollar stimulus packages,
spending bills loaded with power-usurping pork and requests for even
more increases in their power, almost every day. The American people
watch in awe and horror, as the tyranny and treason rise to
unprecedented levels, by those who swear on solemn oath to preserve,
protect and defend a document that they violate with almost every piece
of legislation they pass into law.
The Fourth Estate (the press) was supposed to be our government watch
dog, but does anyone today believe that the print and electronic news
media is closely watching what government does? Many of us have to
learn what is really going on in government, by keeping our "ear" tuned
to the Internet.
The other tool in our
arsenal to keep the powers of the government from increasing, one more
level of oversight, was the National Grand Jury. A grand jury was
usually constituted of 23 free Americans and they had the power to
investigate just about anything and hand down indictments to the
courts. Sometimes they abused that power but abuse did not occur as
often as rooting out serious crime and government corruption. A grand
jury in 1935 New York took in a prosecutor they could trust and exposed
organized crime and government corruption, that ended in many crime
figures and politicians in jail.
But alas, the government
couldn't stand the free nature of the grand jury. They even coined a
word for a grand jury that wasn't under the thumb of a prosecutor.
They called them "runaway" grand juries. To many in the judiciary,
including prosecutors, thought that the grand jury gave citizens way
too much power over the government, as well as the judiciary, so they
decided to "fix" it. And "fix" it they did. All they had to do was
to pass a rule and they established a whole "book" of rules under the
title: "Rules of Criminal Procedure." The deed was done with
Rule No. 6. The new rules effectively outlawed so-called "runaway"
grand juries and put the power of the grand jury in the hands of a
federal prosecutor. In effect, the prosecutor controls what cases can
be brought before the grand jury and what evidence can be presented. A
stacked deck if there ever was one!
In an article written by Roger Roots about the historical role of the
grand jury, he states that: "The loss of the grand jury in its traditional, authentic,
or "runaway" form, leaves the modern federal government with few
natural enemies capable of delivering any sort of damaging blows
But what the
Federal Government fails and refuses to recognize so often, is the
enterprising nature of the American people. Many Americans are fully
aware of our history and the rights that came with the Constitution and
before that, the Common Law. Right now, some are planning their own
national grand juries with the power to hear cases of their choosing,
examine evidence and hand down indictments. They will conduct their
own investigations and prosecutors will be excluded from the
proceedings. Their first target could very well be the current
President of the United States. Here are a couple of websites wherein
a few enterprising Americans are doing just that:
If this trend takes off,
and it probably will, it will be an increasing thorn in the
government's side, which is sorely needed at time when they are trying
to increase their power exponentially, almost every day.
The emerging common-law,
national grand jury could also replace the historical function of the
Fourth Estate, who has, for who knows how many years, shirked their
duty as the government's watch dog. Many news outlets today are
blatantly in the "tank" for a specific political party and their
political bias is evident in all of their news reporting.
Nevertheless, what is
amazing about this dynamic political arena we find ourselves in, is the
sudden and abrupt awakening of the American people, who have been in a
state of numbness for far too long. As we looked away 100 years ago,
government took our silence to be tacit approval of their actions.
They assumed wrong and they are finding out just how wrong they were
All across America, the
Silent Majority is opening their eyes, one by one, and they don't like
what they see. The so-called "Hope" and "Change" they voted for has
morphed into more of the same, only worse. If that silent majority
does not convert their anger into action, if they do not reclaim our
institutions that were designed to hold government in check, like the
National Grand Jury, the federal government, as well as all state and
local governments, will continue their headlong drive into abject
socialism, radical environmentalism and the one world order, and the
Silent Majority will be silenced forever.
If you consider yourself a member
of the Silent Majority,
it is way past time to rise up. If you consider yourself a free
American, it is time to take back your government. If you cherish your
freedom and liberty, for you, your children and grand children and all
future generations, it is time to show the hard muscle of WE THE
Your first line of defense is your Property Line.
If government has its way, it will not only erase your property line
and all the individual rights that attach thereto, it will erase our
sovereign boundaries as well, and void our constitution. It's simple.
The consequences for not acting ..... is slavery.
Ron Ewart, President
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RURAL LANDOWNERS
P. O. Box 1031, Issaquah, WA 98027
425 222-4742 or 1 800 682-7848
(Fax No. 425 222-4743)
Constitution Society 2900 W Anderson Ln C-200-322, Austin, TX 78757
512/299-5001 www.constitution.org jon.roland@...