Powers of the Assembly – The Common Law Grand Jury

In the U.S. Supreme Court case of United States v. Williams,15 Justice Antonin Scalia, writing for the majority, confirmed that; “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 its authority emanates from the Bill of Rights. Thus, [People] have the unbridled right to empanel their own grand juries and present ‘True Bills (brain://UONTx7wAMUO9f7eMmkJn9Q/TrueBill)’ of indictment to a court, which is then required to commence a criminal proceeding.” Our Founding Fathers presciently thereby created a ‘buffer’ the people may rely upon for ‘justice,’ when public officials, including judges, criminally violate the law.

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