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Watching the Watchmen

EXPERIENCE HAVING SHOWN that these folks simply will not police themselves; and in light of the fact that the sole reason for them being granted any power at all is the securing of our individual rights; I WANT MY GRAND JURY!

A Michigan Version Of This Amendment Can Be Seen At The End Of This Page


Twenty-Eighth Article of Amendment to the United States Constitution--

The 'Watching the Watchmen' Amendment

1. Any Grand Jury duly constituted under the civil or common law may hear and consider accusations brought to its attention by any member thereof that any right of any person resident within the union state or federal district or territory in which the Grand Jury is seated has been willfully or negligently violated, or that conspiracy, aiding or abetting or obstruction of justice in regard to any such violation has been committed, by any person holding or exercising any office or agency of the United States in any capacity whatever. The consideration of such accusations shall be without the involvement, supervision or approval of any public official.

2. Upon the issuance of a presentment or indictment for any violation of rights or related offense as listed in paragraph 1., the charged public official shall stand trial on the charge(s) in accordance with other provisions of the Constitution related to criminal trial, but the prosecution of such charges shall be conducted by the accuser or the accuser's designee. If the accuser is incapable of conducting the prosecution or designating a prosecutor, the closest family member capable of performing these functions shall do so, or, in the event that neither of these alternatives is possible, the prosecutor shall be selected by the Grand Jurors who issued the charge(s), by whatever method seems best to them, provided that a majority of the members meeting for that purpose concur in the selection.

3. Trials of charges brought under the provisions of this amendment shall not be construed as against the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof; culpability and liability shall remain with the natural person charged with the offense.

4.Trials under the provisions of this amendment shall be conducted in the courts of the union state in which the accuser is resident, or, if the accuser is not a resident of a union state, in the courts of the federal district or territory, in which he or she is resident.

5. Article III, Section 2 Clause 1 is hereby amended to read, "The judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution except as provided for in the Twenty-Eighth Article of Amendment, the Laws of the United States, and Treaties made, or which shall be made, under their Authority;—to all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls;—to all Cases of admiralty and maritime Jurisdiction;—to Controversies to which the United States shall be a Party;—to Controversies between two or more States;— between a State and Citizens of another State,—between Citizens of different States,—between Citizens of the same State claiming Lands under Grants of different States, and between a State, or the Citizens thereof, and foreign States, Citizens or Subjects."

6. No prior conclusion, ruling, doctrine, event or authority of any kind whatever shall be given weight of controlling precedent or authority as to the nature of rights or any particular right, or the violation thereof in the consideration or determination of the Grand or petit juries in any proceeding commenced under the provisions of this Amendment.

7. There shall be no limitation on the commencement of proceedings under the provisions of this amendment due to the time in which the accused offense allegedly was committed.

8. Punishment upon conviction of an offense described in this amendment shall range from a minimum of 20 years imprisonment up to life imprisonment, without the possibility of parole regardless of the sentence, any contrary provisions of the laws of the state, district or territory in which trial was conducted notwithstanding, and shall be served in the prisons of the unit of government in which trial was conducted. Sentences shall be determined and imposed by the trial jury. Prior to the jury's determination and imposition of sentence, a convicted defendant shall be permitted to present evidence of measures taken to mitigate or remedy the offense(s) of conviction.

9. Nothing in this Amendment shall be construed to impair the power of Congress to impeach and remove from office, and nothing in the impeachment provisions elsewhere in this Constitution shall be construed so as to impair the provisions of this Amendment.

I INVITE AND ENCOURAGE ALL ACTIVISTS with whom this concept resonates (which should be pretty much everyone) to enthusiastically share the entire text of this article around and help get a buzz going about this amendment.

To get started right away, click here to find email and other contact info for your state representatives. Send them the text of the amendment from above with a short note asking them politely but firmly to initiate a resolution in the state legislature calling on the state's US delegation to propose this amendment. Click here to find contact info for your US reps, and urge them to support proposing the amendment to the states for ratification.

By the way, I'm calling this "Doreen's Amendment", because it is the rights violations by which she is presently suffering that inspired me to write it. I will appreciate everyone familiar with her case using that as the aka for what will more formally and generally be known as 'The Watching the Watchmen Amendment', thus helping keep Doreen's ordeal in the spotlight.

IT HAS BEEN MY EXPECTATION that the versions of this amendment will be adopted within each of the several states. Activists in Michigan have stepped up. See the proposal and (a not-yet-approved petition form) here. To get further information of help get this one going, contact Peter Konetchy at pkonetchy 'at' startmail.com.

"It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error."

-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson


"A free people claim their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate"

-Thomas Jefferson