Look up Terry Trussell's case documents at the Dixie County Florida clerk's web site. In June a jury found Terry (70) guilty of several counts of impersonation and intimidation of public officers when he sought to get them arrested for a presentment he engineered under the common law or citizens grand jury. Last week the court sentenced him to 105 months in prison.
Many liberal elitists chortled with joy at the conviction. But many of a more conservative bent considered it a miscarriage of justice because the common law grand jury's efforts constituted a first amendment expression of the right to assemble peaceably and to instruct the government and petition for redress. Terry's legal team hoped to make that point but failed in the effort. One litigation consultant had recommended Terry's falling on his sword with the "dumbass defense," confessing wrongdoing because of listening to bad advice from patriot goofballs. His detractors consider Terry a goofball... and criminal, of course. I consider the whole mess TRAGIC.
The upshot: DON'T what Terry did. Common law grand juries have no authority to get people arrested. Instead, push for a constitutional amendment strengthening the powers of grand juries.
Meanwhile, the defense team prepares for an appeal. Time will tell of its effectiveness.
I discovered from a study of the Florida constitutions that government began stripping powers from petit and grand juries when the US government liberated Negroes and gave them the right to vote. About that time governments also stripped victims of crimes of the power to prosecute their own cases against defendants.
You see the issue here? Liberty comes at the price of commensurate responsibility. Anybody who messes with that will have their liberties stripped. Today America has 80 million inhabitants too stupid to graduate from high school. They, welfare recipients, children over 18, indigents, and all manner of non-productive, irresponsible people have voting rights, so long as they are not , felons, or aliens, under 18, or adjudged mentally incompetent. And as voters, they can sit on juries. No wonder government will not allow common law grand juries, and carefully controls statutory petite and grand juries.
To fix this, the electorate must become more responsible. Activists need to lobby the Legislature to change laws to start restricting voting rights to competent people, such as by requiring them to pass a constitution competency test with high marks (80%) prior to swearing any oath to support the constitution. This will keep irresponsible people out of government and off the voter roles and juries. Then government won't have an objection to reinstating powers of juries.
It would help the productivity of the nation to encourage average and smart families to have more children, and stupid families to stop procreating altogether. It should be a crime for parents knowingly to inflict an innocent baby with lifelong debilitating disease like stupidity, don't you think?
⚓ Bob Hurt
What is it, Bob Hurt, that your reply does not include a reference link to inform more completely?
What is your intention in the reply--other than dissuading gathering of citizens to meet, consider evidence and recommend indictments?
What is your intention?
On Sat, Jul 23, 2016 at 5:02 PM, Bob Hurt <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Terry Trussell just got sentenced to 105 months in prison for his citizens grand jury actions, which the government and a jury of 6 considered crimes.