Meeting to reinstate the Common Law Grand Jury set for Friday

By Dave Horvath
Posted Jun. 10, 2014 @ 8:51 am

Taking back our Common Law Grand Jury, and thus our courts and our government, is the goal of ‘we the people,’ otherwise known as the National Liberty Alliance and citizens wishing to regain their freedom.

A news release publicizing an upcoming public election for the reinstatement of Newton County Common Law Grand Jury stated: “Please be advised that — We the People — will be holding an election for the reinstating of the Common Law Grand Jury for Newton County on (Friday) June 13, at the Chamber of Commerce; 216 W. Spring; Neosho, at 2 p.m. There will be a 35-minute presentation and then a vote by showing of hands. All participants will then be invited to register for the Common Law Grand Jury.”

Directed to the National Liberty Alliance website, the motto reads: “Only The People Can Save America.”

The opening of the organization’s mission statement states: “Our mission is to restore the people to sovereignty through knowledge, and only then will they be armed with the virtue to take political and judicial power. The people have it in their power to disarm and defeat the enemy of Liberty both foreign and domestic if they only understood the principles of freedom and stand upon them.”

The website states that 662 of the country’s 3,142 counties have constituted the administration of Common Law Grand Juries, and that work is ongoing in 46 states. Both Newton and McDonald (counties) are among the 23 counties in Missouri where the effort is underway.

The Neosho Daily News spoke with a Southwest Missouri NLA county coordinator — who wishes to remain anonymous — we’ll call him ‘Joe.’ Joe said he and thousands of others who have researched the law wonder what has happened to Common Law in this country.

“Under Common Law,” said Joe, “you can’t have a crime, unless you have a victim. And the state cannot be a victim. It’s all victimless crime, practically.”

He said today’s courtroom provides no remedy.

“We used to be free,” he said. “Or at least we thought we were free. We’re not. We’re slaves.”

During his discussion, Joe referred many times to the presentation about the Common Law Grand Jury that is available on the NLB website. A recurring theme within that presentation is that our rights come not from man but from God, and that the effort to return the power back to the people can only come with God’s help.

Joe referred to a ruling in the presentation by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority in US vs. Williams, who said, “The American Grand Jury is neither part of the judicial, executive nor legislative branches of government, but instead belongs to the people. It is in effect a fourth branch of government ‘governed’ and administered to directly by and on behalf of the American people, and it’s authority emanates from the Bill of Rights.”

Page 2 of 3 - Joe said the Common Law Grand Jury is demanded by the Fifth Amendment, as an institution separate from the courts, the courts provide no supervisory judicial authority over the Grand Jury.

Scalia’s majority opinion in US vs Williams called the Grand Jury, “A kind of buffer or referee between the Government and the people.”

Going completely against what Scalia ruled, Joe said, “Right now we have a system where the prosecutors completely control the Grand Jury and who is on the Grand Jury.”

He said the whole judicial system has been corrupted.

Joe said a Grand Jury has the power to indict.

If someone is being harmed, especially by someone within the government, Joe noted, “And they are being charged with crimes that have no victim — they’re stealing their money, they are throwing them in jail — the Grand Jury can investigate.”

He continued that government abuse of the people can be stopped by a Grand Jury with the power to indict criminals, including judges and politicians.

Joe said the Common Law Grand Jury should not be a separate Grand Jury.

“This should be the Grand Jury, but that Grand Jury is empowered by the people not by the government,” he said. “So it will be the replacement, or the bringing back of the Common Law Grand Jury because somewhere along the line it disappeared.”

Joe admits getting all 3,142 American counties and all 50 states on board will be a huge challenge.

“The biggest part of the push is people don’t understand what has happened, they don’t know what’s going on,” said Joe. “A big part of this is the education. The Common Law Grand Jury, it would not operate any different technically than the current Grand Juries that are sitting right now. The only difference is going to be that it’s actually coming from the people, not a bunch of legislators passed this law and then they start misapplying the law and making everybody subject to laws that they shouldn’t be subject to.”

Joe said another big obstacle to clear will be getting the cooperation of the sheriffs.

He said, “All the sheriffs are going to have to be reeducated because they’ve been lied to.”

Among the possibilities stated in the presentation if a Common Law Grand Jury were to be reinstated are the ability to reinstate the real duties of the sheriff, to stop open political and judicial corruption and bind both by the chains of the Constitution.

The presentation states, “Sheriffs are the people’s police force and are the top cop, they must keep their oaths and disobey any illegal orders and we will back them up.”

Page 3 of 3 - It further states that liberty is unattainable if the people do not control their political and judicial power, and that they cannot attain control over both of those unless the people first control their spiritual power.

The presentation cites a list of judicial rulings that usurp the power of the court over the people; and claim that “Legislators do not have the authority to legislate people’s behavior; neither do the courts have the authority to enforce legislation to control people’s behavior.”

With a court completely controlled by the judge and the prosecutor, Joe said both receive their paychecks from the state.

“So how are you going to get remedy from a court like that?” Joe asked. “You’re not.”

Joe concluded, “They’re going to find for the government every time.”

In basic researching of law, Joe said you find out that, “You can’t have a crime unless you have a victim. So what happened to our judicial system, where did it go down the wrong road?”

Maria Alexander, NLA Newton County Coordinator, said several short videos explaining the situation will be shown at Friday’s session in the chamber office, and she will have some information handouts. She said an election of jurists will be held, and added that all jurists must take a vow, and that vow must be notarized.

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