5.28.2009

Head Shaking In Private

This Letter to the Editor will appear in today's Fort Worth Star-Telegram. (Click to enlarge.) (1) The defense has no right to present any evidence to a grand jury. The DA can prevent it. (2) The premise of the letter is wrong. The requirement of at least nine members of a grand jury choosing to indict a person is mandated by state law. It is not the "policy" of the DA. But that's OK, this guy was just the forman of a Tarrant County grand jury responsible for indicting thousands of individuals.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are right. A tad frightening. A grand jury is a function of citizen justice, not an extension of the DA's office. The power lies with the twelve average folks, not the one attorney.

Yes, I served on a grand jury. And the DA was glad when our term ended. Too independent for him.

My Other Brother Darryl

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the shennanigans Ronnie Earle tried to pull to get an indictment on Tom DeLay. I'd still like to know how much that liberal weenie goosechase cost the taxpayers of Texas.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to know what tom delay cost the taxpayers of Texas and the United States.

chupacabra said...

Yes, frightening. I've always wondered what/who contitutes a "peer" anyway. My defintion may be vastly different than the courts.

Anonymous said...

However much it cost for Earle to go after DeLay, it was worth every penny because it sped Hot Tub Tom's demise. Good riddance to that awful man.

moma247 said...

So obviously this guy knows very little about how it works, but my question is why? Are grand jurors not given much info, given misleading info, or is this just a clueless person that wasn't paying attention when the info was given?

Eddie in Paradise said...

Barry, you are nit-picking the impreciseness of the foreman's language. He did not say anything about the "right" of the defense to present evidence. However, if what you are saying is true, he may not have known the details that the DA can prevent the defense from presenting evidence. So that could cause him to think that what he said was precisely true. He also did not need to know whether it is mandated by state law or by the policy of the DA, as long as he followed the mandate.

Since the jury foreman will most likely not have a law degree it is up to you folks with the law degrees to make sure that the rules are followed.

You are, in a defense lawyer kind of way, trying to bring reasonable doubt to the Tarrant County grand jury. BUSTED!

Anonymous said...

7:03, What Tom DeLay cost the taxpayers is peanuts compared to what Obammy is costing us. Think about it before you engage your peabrain.

Anonymous said...

WHAT ARE THE QUALIFICATIONS TO BE ON A GRAND JURY? DO YOU HAVE TO TO BE ABLE TO READ.
INTELLIGENCE IS CERTAINLY NOT A REQUIREMENT.