“Efforts under way to convene ‘common law grand juries'”

by Walter Olson on January 13, 2014

No, a random group of discontented citizens can’t declare itself a grand jury. Good grief. [Bozeman Daily Chronicle; compare frivolous "sovereign citizen" claims] More: Greenfield.


1 Dan 01.13.14 at 1:10 pm

Isn’t that called a posse?

2 HFB 01.13.14 at 3:14 pm

I think even a posse is organized by the sherriff…I may need to Google that! All this time I could have been organizing a posse…FML.

3 Doug 01.13.14 at 3:48 pm

Isn’t this called “stupid”?

4 Darrell 01.14.14 at 1:48 am

Walter, Dan, HFB, Doug, and I now think this is a bad idea. As soon as another 11 agree we’ll be able to form our own grand jury to indict the discontented citizens.

We’d better hurry before the discontented citizens finish their grand jury and indict us!

5 Anonymous Attorney 01.14.14 at 4:06 pm

Actually, in Virginia, they can.

6 Walter Olson 01.14.14 at 5:05 pm

Not sure what the last commenter is getting at. Checking several sources on Virginia practice, I find all of them describe Virginia grand juries as summoned by courts, rather than being somehow self-summoning.

7 Paul Stramer 01.15.14 at 3:12 am
8 Doug 01.15.14 at 3:12 pm

Boy, Paul. that is just the stupidest thing I have read all week. I am gonna convene a grand jury against you if you convene one against me or someone I like.

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