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Jan 11, 2014 10:54 PM by Keele Smith - KBZK News

Citizens Vote For Common Law Grand Jury In Gallatin County

Citizens who are unhappy with the current judicial system are working to establish a common law grand jury in Gallatin County.

On Saturday, inside the Bozeman Public Library library roughly 40 people discussed the legality of common law grand juries.

"I'm going to release people from jail that are not criminals that are being there unjustly," Common Law Grand Jury Administrator Joaquin Denoreta-Folch said.

Organizers say the people are the fourth branch of government and believe citizens should be the ones to file criminal cases.

"My priorities as a grand jury is to restore the common law grand jury in order to have justice for all not just us, as the government," Denoreta-Folch said. "We got to be we the people, we have that power from our founding fathers and that's what we are doing."

The majority of people showed their support for establishing a common law grand jury in Gallatin Co., with just three people opposing it.

According to Montana law, only a district judge has the power to summon a grand jury.

Gallatin Co. resident William Wolf supports the idea but not the way they're going about it.

"We have to take back control of our court and our government and if we do not do it constitutionally or we have no legs to stand on," Wolf said.
But administrators are moving ahead.

"When we go to the judge like we're doing in New York, we are going to grab him by the ear and say ‘you listen here, we the people are the kings. We the people, each and every one of you is the ruler and king of your life. Therefore they said that the rule of law is what our founding fathers says you no longer call the grand jury you hear me.'"

The next step is legally establishing a common law grand jury in court.
Organizers will be holding an informational meeting on the formation of a Citizens Grand Jury at the Bozeman Public Library on Wednesday Jan. 15, from 6:30-9 p.m.

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