GA HB 941
Should Georgians support Rep. Golick, and others, in their effort to afford law enforcement a different standard of law for grand jury proceedings?
RESULTS AS OF February 22, 2016
13% of Counties Reported
5% Voted YES | 0% MAYBE | 95% NO
Rep. Golick of the 40th, Atwood of the 179th, Pak of the 108th, Abrams of the 89th, are proposing changes to the treatment of law officers as regards the function of the grand jury in the State. Georgia, alone among the states, allows a peace officer to sit in on the grand jury proceedings where he may be accused and to make a statement to the grand jury that may not be challenged. According to Jim Galloway (AJC), “Golick said there was some talk of barring officers from grand jury probes – as all other targets of investigation are. “We utterly reject that. Because what that says is that police officers are basically like everybody else,” Golick said. “The fact of the matter is, police officers are not like everybody else. They’re agents of the state. They do have a special role in our society.”
Survey Respondent Comments
Grand Juries must be free to operate how they see fit without rules as to who they can question for facts. We DO NOT need two sets of rules causing a GJ operate differently depending on who has been accused.
“I oppose this bill because it does create a two tier legal system affording some more protections than others.
The constitution should apply equally to ALL citizens.”
No. GJ MUST be free to call anyone at anytime to investigate anything they desire. Without ANY incumberments. Secondly, there MUST never be set in place laws that establish a special group with special privileges as this law does.
Law enforcement should be judged by a grand jury as well as everyone else. The grand jury system has been around and worded for hundreds of years. Why do we need to change it now?
This legislation proposes to treat law enforcement personnel differently from ordinary citizens when being investigated by a grand jury.
A nation of laws requires all people have the same protection under those laws.
This is very confusing in the way it is presented here! As I understand it, the bill would do away with the ability of an officer to hear all testimony and make an unchallenged statement. However, the survey question is stated just the opposite. I think there should be one standard for ALL grand jury hearings for all citizens, even police officers.
I agree wholeheartedly with Catherine’s comments. The proposed legislation doesn’t make much sense.
“This is the USA. Founded on we are all treated equal under the law–that includes LEO as well as State Legislators, Governors,
Congressmen, and politicians. Enforce the law equally and you don’t have problems.”
I oppose this bill b/c it gives too much power to state government and takes power away from the grand jury/citizens.
Equal protection clause means no special treatment.
All members of our society are to treated the same under the law. Even though our law enforcement officers have a special duty, they must come under the same rules as every other citizen.
Typical of Golick and Abrams to be behind this. Nally is correct in his assessment. Preserve and protect the citizen grand jury system in GA and DO NOT SUPPORT this legislation. The District Attorney is not and the citizens should not be led to believe that either a District Attorney or the Attorney General is in control of the Grand Jury and the presentation of evidence – the citizens are fully within their rights to present a case and supportive information to address the courts which in turn should be honored and upheld by the DA and the AG – they are subservient to the citizens.
Equal under the law
No. The current statutory laws are not written for The People and do not represent The People. This proposal would make it too easy for many agents of the state/corporations to honor and behold to their money flow causing conflict and harm to The People; the injured party. The Grand Jury is also called The 4th Branch of Government (Grand Jury was created to be the guardian of the people) . . . . . . . “it (the grand jury) is a constitutional fixture in its own right”. . . in fact, the whole theory of its function is that it belongs to no branch of the institutional government, serving as a kind of buffer or referee between the government and the people. . . . ” Justice Scalia’s opinion in United States vs Williams (1992)
Here we go again, creating another class, elevating LE above the citizenry. Time to get GOOD legislators in office so we won’t get this crap anymore.
Violation of equal justice for all.
It is time to correct this long-standing oversight.
We need to keep the grand jury process under the control of the citizens and not carve out a way for government insiders to bypass this check and balance.
Clearly, if he thinks ‘police are not like everybody else,’ he must think the same of himself. These people are authorized and entrusted by the people, not the state.
** This survey will remain open and results may be tallied again at a later date. **
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