FL – Marion County – Common Law Grand Jury

Some people have informed the Marion County Board of Commissioners that they expect that their ‘common law grand jury’ will receive $1.5M in funding, and other benefits. The board is not impressed and thus people keep showing up to lament about the Bar Association, Common Law Grand Jury and so on. The Board is still not impressed and for good reason

At the FogBow, Mimi reports on the latest “progress

Pat Cranwill, one of the group’s leaders, said Tuesday that commissioners were obligated to honor the demand as part of their oath to uphold the Constitution.

Cranwill then rattled off a list of 13 “crimes” that citizens of Marion County are being subjected to by their government that the grand jury would address.

Another member, Rose Charboneau, said the acts of “pretended government” would “no longer be tolerated.”

And while the grand jury was not investigating anyone at this point, she added, the group was observing and gathering information “which may come into play in the future.”

Commissioners again did not respond immediately to the group’s ultimatum.

Things did get somewhat tense when two deputies, at the request of Chairman Zalak, started to remove Hagan Smith, who identified himself as the Florida coordinator for the group, after Smith refused to give his address before speaking.

Board Meeting Feb 18, 2014

With video – At 16:33 the first Common Law Grand Jury speaker starts.

Patrick Cranwill – Common Law Grand Jury
Sean Peete – Common Law Grand Jury
Hagan Smith – Common Law Grand Jury 
Charles Reed – Common Law Grand Jury
Rose Charboneau – Common Law Grand Jury

More on Hagan Smith

Florida has a new statute that allows the courts to more properly deal with these kinds of requests

Clerk of the Circuit Court David Ellspermann told the commission that he was referring the grand jury’s presentation to State Attorney Brad King for possible prosecution under a new state law.

That law, enacted last year, allows prosecutors to charge someone who “simulates” the “legal process” to intimidate, harass or hinder public officials while performing their official duties.