The unique and undeniable aspect of our Union is that “We the People” ordained and established a severely limited constitutional government of the people, by the people, and for the people. The federal government is granted no authority over the daily lives of the people or the routine operations of the states. The people and states were so fearful of federal usurpation of power that they insisted upon the addition of the Bill or Rights as a condition of Constitutional ratification.
The Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and breaking any of its provisions is a crime.
The 5th Amendment within the Bill of Rights clearly states:
“No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury.”
Consider that the only mention of a Grand Jury falls within the Bill of Rights whose purpose is to secure specific rights of the people. Since the federal government has been granted no authority over the Grand Jury, and the power is not prohibited to the people or states, the power to convene a Grand Jury, according to the 9th and 10th amendments, clearly falls to the people or states. This initiative reinforces and codifies that the Peoples Grand Jury, within Michigan, will fall under the authority of the people themselves with oversight or control by the state.
Within Michigan, the state has usurped complete authority and control over the Grand Jury process. If the people within the state are dissatisfied with states handling of the Grand Jury, then the correct constitutional solution is to amend the Michigan Constitution granting Grand Jury authority to the people.
This initiative is the proper constitutional solution.