United Tea Party of Georgia
Lawrenceville Monthly Meeting
Judge Paul Nally
1st Amendment Right to Petition a Grand Jury
“It is the right of any citizen or any individual of lawful age to come forward and prosecute for offenses against the state, ….”
In re Lester, 77 Ga. 143, 148 (1886), Justice Hall.
In those nations whose legal system are derived from the Common Law, the “rights” of citizens are usually defined in the document which acts as the “legal founding document” of that nation and is generally referred to as a constitution, which, in law, is understood to be a “special contract” between a people and their neighbors who would serve the social and economic needs of the masses as their public servants.
Among the rights which are guaranteed to be protected to an individual citizen are, at least, the fundamental rights, i.e., the rights of speech, petition, assembly, and religion; and other rights may be specified, implied, or found in the Common Law, i.e., possession of weapons, choice, privacy, being heard, and travel.
To understand the right of a citizen’s free access to a Grand Jury in Georgia, keep in mind the fundamental rights listed above, particularly petition, assembly, speech, and hearing.
“Woe to those who make unjust laws,
to those who issue oppressive decrees,
to deprive the poor of their rights
and withhold justice from the oppressed of My people,”
- Isaiah 10
It is for that Divine warning that our forefathers were influenced to bring forth the Grand Jury, fully intact from the Common Law, into the statutory text of our Constitution of this State.
 U.S. Const., Amend. IX, “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
See also, Ga. Const., Art. I, § I, par. XXIX, “The enumeration of rights herein contained as a part of this Constitution shall not be construed to deny to the people any inherent rights which they may have hitherto enjoyed.”
Judge Paul Nally
72 years young. Past life, 1 year of Reinhardt College, Lockheed w/1 night quarter of John Marshall Law School, military, Justice of the Peace, city patrolman, Bartow County Deputy, Chief of Police for the City of White, Ga. Retired from the Ga. Dept of Transportation.