An interesting analysis of the arrest of the former foreperson of the Dixie County Grand Jury who tried to indict using his personal “Common Law Grand Jury” knitting club and now is accused of simulating a legal process.
I further offered the opinion that Siegmeister wouldn’t bother to prosecute the “common law grand jury” because I thought it to be such a laughable organization. As it turns out the activities of the “common law grand jury” were far more wide-ranging and comprehensive than I realized when I wrote my first blog on the subject.
The charges are felonies under FL statute. While these knitting club members refer to the US Amendments they fail to understand that the right to a Grand Jury does not extend to the states and that each State, in accordance with its own Constitution and statutes, may or may not provide for a Grand Jury.
Fla.Stat. 843.0855 Criminal actions under color of law or through use of simulated legal process.
(2) Any person who deliberately impersonates or falsely acts as a public officer or tribunal, *** including, but not limited to, marshals, judges, prosecutors, sheriffs, deputies, court personnel, or any law enforcement authority in connection with or relating to any legal process affecting persons and property, or otherwise takes any action under color of law against persons or property, commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s.775.082 or s. 775.083.
(4) Any person who falsely under color of law attempts in any way to influence, intimidate, or hinder a public officer or law enforcement officer in the discharge of his or her official duties by means of, but not limited to, threats of or actual physical abuse or harassment, or through the use of simulated legal process, commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
The NLA members are getting quite concerned and for good reasons:
Indicting public officials on bogus charges of “treason” and sending them letters trying to influence the officers in their exercise of their official duties certainly seems to fit the statute. So far only the “foreman” of the “common law grand jury” has been arrested, but it appears that any member of the “grand jury” is vulnerable to arrest.
Time to clean up.
Update: Our thanks to the Anti-Defamation League who proposed the template statute as early as 1996