So, on behalf of GRIP (Government Reform & Integrity Platform), I am pleased to announce that September is National Grand Jury Corruption Filing Month.
People all across America will file corruption charges with their local grand juries in September. Here's how....
Understand the Goal and the Obstacles
The goal is to get your fellow citizens (the grand jury) to agree that criminal charges should be pursued against judicial corruption or government corruption -- whatever you have valid CRIMINAL complaints about. You cannot take civil complaints to a grand jury -- only criminal complaints. So, make sure you have a valid criminal complaint.
Know that just about everyone with any government authority will be out to stop you. That goes from the receptionist to the bailiff to the janitor. They will ignore you, refuse to help you, refuse to do their duty, lie to you, and more. Your mission must be to overcome all obstacles. It takes PERSISTENCE, creativity, and guts.
The District Attorney will claim that you do not have the right to present charges to the grand jury directly. This is not true. Any citizen has the right to notify a grand jury of criminal charges. When the DA makes such a claim, demand in writing that you be shown the statute and case law to support this position. The DA will be unable to do so.
First, know everything that you can about what you are going to be doing. Lay all necessary groundwork.
1. Research your state's statutes on grand juries. Determine what types of grand juries exist in your state, and determine what the laws are relative to grand juries. A Yahoo search for (your state) criminal statutes will probably return what you need. The searches to do are: (your state name) grand jury -- (your state name) grand jury presentment -- (your state name) grand jury procedures. (This is the Georgia statute on grand juries.) Check your state's laws on Special Grand Juries.
2. Your effort is on county or state grand juries -- not the federal grand jury. So, find out where the grand jury meets. Call or visit the county district attorney's office for where the crimes took place. (This isn't your home...but where the judges or government officials committed the crimes.)
Call the general information number for the county, and they will give you the district attorney's number. Don't identify yourself or provide any information if you don't have to. Simply ask: When and where does the grand jury meet? Is there a grand jury inn session now? What days do they meet, and what time do they start each day? Visit the grand jury area before you do anything else just so you will have the lay of the land for when you or an agent delivers your sealed envelopes. Be able to tell an agent where the grand jury room is, where there is someone posted who may deny access, etc. Casually ask the name of any receptionists or security people. Take notes of everything.
3. Check the U.S. Department of Justice website to determine the name and contact information for the U.S. Attorney responsible for the area where the crimes took place.
4. Research the state statutes for the crimes that you feel were committed. Note the statutes as you will need to cite them. Identify the specific federal and state statutes that you believe were violated and the names of the people who violated each.
RICO (Organized Crime) -- 18 U.S.C. Â§ 1961â€“1968 (See if your state has a state RICO Act. If so, that may be your most important charge.)
False Statements to State â€“ Your State statute, for example, O.C.G.A. 16-10-20
Tampering with Evidence â€“ Your State statute, for example, Georgia: O.C.G.A. 16-10-94
18 U.S.C. Â§ 1341 -- Mail Fraud and 18 U.S.C. 1346 (honest services)
18 U.S.C. Â§ 1001 -- False Swearing â€“ Making False Statements
Perjury -- 18 U.S.C. Â§ 1623
Perjury -- Your State statute, for examole, Georgia: O.C.G.A. 16-10-70
Conspiracy to Defraud United States -- 18 U.S.C. Â§ 371
Subornation of Perjury â€“ 18 USC Â§ 1622
Subornation of Perjury -- Your State statute, for example, Georgia: O.C.G.A. 16-10-72
Subornation of Perjury -- Your State statute, for example, Georgia: O.C.G.A. 16-10-93
Witness Tampering â€“ Your State statute, for example, Georgia: O.C.G.A. 16-10-93
Misprision of Felony -- 18 U.S.C. 4
[NOTE: O.C.G.A. applies to Georgia only. Research these same violations for your state -- Here's an index to make it easy.]
I am not an attorney. I imagine there are other statutes that have been broken.
Some Other Possible Statutes:
Bribery -- 18 U.S.C. 201-227
Conspiracy Against Rights -- 18 U.S. C. 241
Deprivation of Rights under Color of Law -- 18 U.S.C. 242
Fraud by Wire, Radio, or Television -- 18 U.S.C. 1343 and 1346 (honest services)
Attempt and Conspiracy to Commit Fraud -- 18 U.S.C. 1349
Theft or Alteration of Record or Process; False Bail -- 18 U.S.C. 1506
Obstruction of Court Orders -- 18 U.S.C. 1509
Tampering with a Witness, Victim, or an Informant -- 18 U.S.C. 1512
Gratuity, 18 U.S.C. Â§ 201(c)
Extortion (color of law), 18 U.S.C. Â§ 1951
Theft of Government Property, 18 U.S.C. Â§ 641
Theft by Government Officials, 18 U.S.C. Â§ 654
Bribery or Theft in Programs receiving Federal Funds, 18 U.S.C. Â§ 666
Money Laundering, 18 U.S.C. Â§1956
Tax Fraud (evasion, failure to file, filing a false return), 26 U.S.C. Â§Â§ 7201, 7203, and 7206 (1)). Notify IRS early so they can join the investigation.
Drug Trafficking, 21 U.S.C. Â§Â§ 841, 846 (common in police corruption cases) conflict of interest, 18 U.S.C. Â§Â§ 203, 205, 207, 208, and 209 (not commonly used as stand-alone charges)
If your state has a RICO Act, study carefully the predicate acts. These are crimes that must have been committed for RICO to be applicable. Those state and federal statutes will be the key ones for you.
Now, make sure the statute of limitations has not expired on your claims. In Georgia, RICO is five years from when you discovered the criminal racketeering enterprise, so that was the critical date for me.)
5. Take notes of everything that you do, hear, etc. Always write confirmation letters to memorialize any discussions with government officials. Date and note the time of everything that you and others do.
Lay the Groundwork
There are several things that you must do before you approach the grand jury. You need to make sure you have informed the authorities of your charges.
Send a letter to the district attorney and the U.S. Attorney summarizing your charges and asking for a meeting and for criminal charges to be brought against the people you have named. Send it certified mail, return receipt so you have proof it was received. I also fax everything so I have a fax confirmation page as well.
Send it to the local sheriff and/or police department as well. Have proof of each and every one of these notices of your charges.
The odds are that these government authorities will ignore you. If they don't, make sure you have your charges and your evidence organized and ready. If they meet with you, give them the evidence, and ask for a signed receipt for it.
This step is essential, because if these government authorities fail to act on your charges, you could present charges to the Grand Jury that they committed obstruction of justice. This will help you gain access to the grand jury, as I explain later.
Contact the Grand Jury
1. Prepare letters to each Grand Juror. If there are 23 grand jurors and three alternates, you want envelopes addresses to Grand Juror #1, #2...#25, and Grand Juror Alternate #1, 2, 3. [Letter to the Grand Jurors] Prepare labels for each envelope that say "PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL." I included a page with my photo and a short bio so they would see that I don't appear to be a nutcase.
2. Prepare a letter to the receptionist. [Receptionist Letter] The important thing to me about this letter is that it puts the receptionist on notice. She is being told in writing (and I will have a signature of receipt obtained by the courier) that this is PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL information that she has a legal obligation to have delivered directly to the grand jurors.
3. Prepare a letter to the County District Attorney (or whoever is the entity that is claiming control over the grand jury). [Letter to Fulton County District Attorney] The important thing to me about this letter is that I am putting the District Attorney on notice that I believe he is violating the law by ignoring my complaints of criminal violations. By advising him that I will be asking the Grand Jury to investigate him and his office, I am hoping that this stops the DA from trying to interfere. If he blocks my attempts to have him investigated, it's even worse than if he simply blocks my complaints against the judges.
4. Have a courier service deliver your sealed PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL envelopes and a loose letter to the receptionist. The courier's instructions are to give the receptionist two envelopes with letters to the County District Attorney and the Fulton County Employee responsible for the Grand Jury as well as the cover letter to the receptionist. The courier will ask the receptionist to read the letter that is addressed to to her/him.
Note: I did not provide the Receptionist or the District Attorney with a copy of the letter to the Grand Jurors. I did not want them to know what I was sending PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL to the Grand Jurors. The less they know, the better chance they might not try to interfere.
If you do not receive confirmation that your envelopes have been delivered to each Grand Juror, mail certified letters return receipt to each of the Grand Jurors. That way, if someone interferes with the personal and confidential mail, I would ask the U.S. Postal Service to become involved.
5. Go to the Grand Jury area each day they meet. Take a large envelope addressed to the Grand Jury and have EVIDENCE written on it in giant letters with a dark felt tip marker. Evidence is the key word, because if government employees block you from delivering evidence to the Grand Jury, it is absolutely a crime, in my opinion from reading the statutes. If you have a lot of evidence, take a box similarly marked. Position yourself in a place where everyone entering and leaving will see you and your EVIDENCE. Get a photo taken of you holding your evidence at the Grand Jury area. Ask at least one person who sees you to give you their name, address, and phone as a witness that you were there. If possible, have a witness accompany you. Take a recorder -- a cell phone with a recording feature is ideal.
I took a big hand-held sign that said "HELP - Must Speak to Grand Jury - Have EVIDENCE."
You might also take letters to hand to everyone you see. Plead your case and demand to be heard to any grand juror who will stop for a second.
Document Document Document
Document everything. Get the names and titles of anyone who speaks with you; ask for their business cards.
If you are threatened with a crime, document. Get witnesses.
On each visit, present the receptionist with an envelope addressed to the Grand Jury and marked EVIDENCE. If the receptionist refuses to take it and deliver it, note the date, time, what was said, and get witnesses. In my opinion, this is a crime.
On each visit, ask any sheriff's deputy (or whatever entity serves as the bailiff for the Grand Jury) to take your envelope and present it to the Grand Jury. If the bailiff refuses, note the date, time, what was said, and get witnesses.
Meeting with the Grand Jury
When you meet with the Grand jury, be prepared.
Start by asking for a roll call, and ask for a list of the names of the Grand Jurors.
Verify that each Grand Juror has taken the required oath.
Ask if the session is being recorded and can you obtain a copy of the recording. Ask if you can record.
Present each Grand Juror with a binder containing your information.
Provide an overview. Then concisely present each charge, explain the elements, and show the evidence that the elements for the charge have been met. Make good eye contact. You must establish confidence with the audience; they have to believe you are a sincere, honest person.
If your effiorts fail, stay at it. I went to the Grand Jury area every Friday for almost two months before I got in.
If your state has a statute for impaneling a Special Grand Jury, do whatever is needed. In Georgia, I would go door-to-door to every elected county official's office until I get someone to sign my petition. If the Grand Jurors do not grant me an audience, I will do this because the end result would be the impaneling of a Special Grand Jury solely for the purpose of investigating my charges. I also went and spoke at the Meeting of the County Commissioners and asked each of them to sign the required petition.
Follow up everything with faxes every few days asking for action and documenting what hasn't been done. You want a paper trial of violation proof.
Documents that I Used - Microsoft Word Files:
Letter to District Attorney -- February 2011 (I suggest that you send such a letter to the District Attorney and the U.S. Attorney as a first step. Your goal is to establish that they ignored your information.)
Letter to Congress and others -- February 2011 (I suggest that you also send these letters. You want to establish that you have tried hard to get the government to do something.)
Mailing Labels used on the Envelopes (Make everything look professional. be sure PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL is big and bold. This is Avery label 5164.)
Federal Statute on Grand Juries -- 18 U.S.C. Â§ 3332I will be adding a document that explains each of the statutes that has been violated, with the elements required to prove each. I will also add the outline for the presentation that I will make to the Grand Jury and my Formal Charges.
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This chart will make it easy for you to find the information that you need to research:
State RICO Statutes:
See Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Dep't of Justice, Local Prosecution of Organized Crime: The Use of State RICO Statutes 3 (1993). See generally, Arizona Racketeering Act, Ariz. Rev. Stat. Â§Â§ 13-2301 to -2318 (1998); California Control of Profits of Organized Crime Act, Cal. Penal Code Â§Â§ 186-186.8 (West 1998); Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. Â§Â§ 18-17-101 to -109 (West 1999); Corrupt Organizations and Racketeering Act (CORA), Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. Â§Â§ 53-393 to -403 (West 1994 & Supp. 1999); Delaware Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, Del. Code Ann. tit. 11, Â§Â§ 1501-1511 (1995 & Supp. 1998); Florida RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act), Fla. Stat. Ann. Â§Â§ 895.01-.09 (West 1994 & Supp. 1999); Civil Remedies for Criminal Practices Act, Fla. Stat. Ann. Â§Â§ 772.101-.190 (West 1997 & Supp. 1999); Georgia RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act, Ga. Code Ann. Â§Â§ 16-14-1 to -15 (Harrison 1998 & Supp. 1999); Organized Crime Act, Haw. Rev. Stat. Â§Â§ 842-1 to -12 (1993 & Supp. 1998); Racketeering Act, Idaho Code Â§Â§ 18-7801 to -7805 (1997 & Supp. 1999); Narcotics Profit Forfeiture Act, 725 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. Â§ 175/1-9 (West 1992 & Supp. 1999); Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, Ind. Code Ann. Â§Â§ 35-45-6-1 to -2 (Michie 1998); Louisiana Racketeering Act, La. Rev. Stat. Ann. Â§Â§ 15:1351-1356 (West 1992 & Supp. 1999); Criminal Enterprises Act, Mich. Stat. Ann. Â§Â§ 28.356F-.356X (Law. Co-op. 1999); Minn. Stat. Ann. Â§Â§ 609.901-.912 (West Supp. 1999); Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, Miss. Code Ann. Â§Â§ 97-43-1 to 11 (1994); Racketeering Act, Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. Â§Â§ 207.350-.520 (Michie 1997 & Supp. 1997); New Jersey RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act, N.J. Stat. Ann. Â§Â§ 2C:41-1 to -6.2 (West 1995); Racketeering Act, N.M. Stat. Ann. Â§Â§ 30-42-1 to -6 (Michie 1997 & Supp. 1999); Organized Crime Control Act, N.Y. Penal Law Â§Â§ 460.00-.80 (McKinney 1989 & Supp. 1999); North Carolina Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, N.C. Gen. Stat. Â§Â§ 75D-1 to -14 (1990 & Supp. 1998); Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, N.D. Cent. Code Â§Â§ 12.1-06.1-01 to .1-08 (1997); Ohio Corrupt Activities Act, Ohio Rev. Code Ann. Â§Â§ 2923.31-.36 (Anderson 1996 & Supp. 1998); Oklahoma Corrupt Organizations Prevention Act, Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 22, Â§Â§ 1401-1419 (West Supp. 2000); Oregon Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act, Or. Rev. Stat. Â§Â§ 166.715-.735 (1997); Corrupt Organizations Act, 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. Â§ 911 (West 1998); Rhode Island Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) Statute, R.I. Gen. Laws Â§Â§ 7-15-1 to -11 (1992 & Supp. 1998); Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act of 1989, Tenn. Code Ann. Â§Â§ 39-12-201 to -210 (1997); Pattern of Unlawful Activity Act, Utah Code Ann. Â§Â§ 76-10-1601 to -1609 (1995 & Supp. 1996); Criminal Profiteering Act, Wash. Rev. Code Ann. Â§Â§ 9A.82.001-.904 (West 1988 & Supp. 1999); Wisconsin Organized Crime Control Act, Wis. Stat. Ann. Â§Â§ 946.80-.88 (West 1996 & Supp. 1998).
A citizen can get information about crimes to the attention of grand jurors. 12-16-206: "If any grand juror knows or has reason to believe that a public offense has been committed which may be indicted and tried in that county, it shall be his duty to disclose the same to his fellow jurors, who must thereupon investigate it."
A citizen can get information about crimes to the attention of grand jurors. 21-407 B: "If a grand juror knows of or has reason to believe that an offense which may be tried within the county has been committed he shall report such knowledge or belief to the county attorney or to the presiding judge of the superior court."
Clearly will allow a citizen to get information about crimes to the attention of grand jurors: "917. The grand jury may inquire into all public offenses committed or triable within the county and present them to the court by indictment. 918. If a member of a grand jury knows, or has reason to believe, that a public offense, triable within the county, has been committed, he may declare it to his fellow jurors, who may thereupon investigate it."
Fabulous statute: "Charges of crime may be brought to your attention in several ways: by the court; by the state attorney (or the statewide prosecutor); from personal knowledge brought to your body by any member of the grand jury; and, lastly, by private citizens who have a right to be heard by a grand jury in formal session and with the grand jury's consent."
Clearly will allow a citizen to get informationabout crimes to the attention of grand jurors. "19-1101. Powers and duties in general. The grand jury must inquire into all public offenses committed or triable within the county, and present them to the court, either by presentment or by indictment."
Will permit a citizen to inform the grand jury about crimes: "Art. 438. Duty of grand juror having knowledge of offense; investigation: If a grand juror knows or has reason to believe that an offense triable by the district court of the parish has been committed, he shall declare such fact to his fellow jurors, who may investigate it."
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