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What You Should Know About Grand Juries
by a brief guide
Friday Oct 3rd, 2008 10:26 PM
An article by Katya Komisaruk of the Just Cause Law Collective.
Grand juries are one of the good intentions paving the road to our current legal system. Unlike a trial jury, which decides whether a suspect is guilty, a grand jury merely decides whether there’s probable cause to prosecute a suspect on felony charges. The goal was to create a filter to catch unjustified felony cases and stop them at an early stage, so that the suspect wouldn’t be wrongfully prosecuted (and have to spend unnecessary time in jail and unnecessary money on lawyers). But it all went very wrong.

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by thanks
Friday Oct 3rd, 2008 11:44 PM
Thanks for posting this. I would like to add that I believe it's absolutely crucial that anyone visited or subpoenaed go public with it ASAP. Most of the power of grand juries and this type of political persecution is the fear and doubt it causes. People falsely believe that being quiet and secretive about repression will make it go away, this is just what the FBI wants.
by Postponed
Friday Oct 31st, 2008 5:04 AM
The federal grand jury hearing, which was originally scheduled for October 23, was postponed. If anyone knows the new date, please post it here.
by m
Monday Nov 17th, 2008 5:49 PM
exactly. what we see here is a system, driven by money and power, not driven by THOUGHT. and critical thinking.

the way this should be set up is to have two sides of power to the courtroom, two judges, one on each side, and thereby its like two power forces one against the other.

the way the room is designed with the power figures is crucial.

not so high up. make teh judges seat lower and more normal. almost at eye level.

so then we wil get these two judges, one at each side to argue with each other about what happened, and what people should and should not, be allowed to do.

in the middle we can have various public people from the public , freely entering and sitting to listen in and argue as well to any side, and of course no weapons allowed.

it will become more of a public discussion place rather than a closed system of power.