Thursday, July 03, 2008

"In Justice"

is a book written by David Iglesias. [The book] is about the George W. Bush and US Department of Justice Scandal of firing US Attorneys who did not go after citizens for political reasons.

Amy Goodman of Democracy Now interviews Iglesias:
Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Bill Maher Interviews David Iglesias

Francis C. P. Knize, and I, talk with the President of Common Cause, Bob Edgar, and after, interview Amy Goodman:

Quintessential Amy

video shot by Steven G. Erickson

[click here] for an example of why states and the entire US needs its Grand Jury System back as it was.

Both Presidents, Bush, referred to former Connecticut Governor John G. Rowland as "Johnny". A post on Rowland [click here]. Scroll down for link at bottom for the text of the letter I sent meant to arrive for Rowland's first day of federal prison.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today’s Grand Jury System: A single Superior Court Judge sits as a Grand Juror.

Our Grand Jury System from colonial days until circa 1960:
Each town elected two Grand Jurors. One would serve as an Investigating Grand Juror, the other as a Prosecuting Grand Juror.

The Investigating Grand Juror could indict someone, at which point it became the responsibility of the Prosecuting Grand Juror to prosecute the case, either before a Justice of the Peace from their town; or in the County Court and if need be appeals to the General Court.

Over time numerous reforms occured — the creation of Courts of Common Plea, Superior Courts, Appealate Courts, abolishing County Courts, removing judicial review from the General Court (thus moving it to a General Assembly), the creation of State’s Attornies to provide professional prosecution instead of 169+ lay Prosecuting Grand Juror elected by each town. On the investigation side the State Police developed their detective branch — even into the 1930s serious crimes like murder relied on locally elected Constables & Investigating Grand Jurors to handle the investigation, maybe with the town hiring the services of a private detective or a police detective from a nearby city.

But until the final reforms to kill off the town Grand Juror system and remove criminal jurisdiction from the Justices of the Peace…even a murder into the 1950s had to be indicted by an Investigating Grand Juror, then the Prosecuting Grand Juror would appear before the Trial Justice of the Peace to present the case, and the Trial Justice would bind the case over to Common Pleas or Superior Court depending on the seriousness of the charge. It was at this point the State Attorney would formally take over the prosecution of the case.

I guess we could go back to that system, but I suspect you really didn’t know what Connecticut’s grand jury system was. We have NEVER, since the founding of the colony, had a true “grand jury.” It has always been Grand Jurors in some way, shape, or form.

Thursday, July 03, 2008 4:07:00 PM  

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