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Originally posted by Xeven
Well if Congress as a whole through act or failure to act threatens the constitution or breaks it's laws is there a mechanism that the States or other US entities could use to arrest them and hold them accountible? Other than policing themselves?
I mean if Congress itself threatens the security of the United States there must be away for the people to enforce the Constitution. I would hope so anyway.
Recall can provide more accountability in between elections and put office holders on notice that they are being watched. Recall is now available to constituents in 18 states. Another 13 states have initiative procedures whereby petitioners could put recall measures on the ballot. RecallTheRogues.org provides each state’s relevant laws, plus updated news and commentary on recall efforts around the nation.
Informed jury amendments have been filed as an initiative in seven states and legislation has been introduced in the Alaska state legislature....
Today, the constitutions of only two states -- Maryland and Indiana -- clearly declare the nullification right, although two others -- Georgia and Oregon -- refer to it obliquely. The informed jury movement would like all states to require that judges instruct juries on their power to serve, in effect, as the final legislature of the land concerning the law in a particular case....
Those who have endorsed the right of a jury to judge both the law and the facts include Chief Justice John Jay, Samuel Chase, Dean Roscoe Pound, Learned Hand and Oliver Wendell Holmes. According to the Yale Law Journal in 1964, during the first third of the 19th century judges did inform juries of the right, forcing lawyers to argue "the law -- its interpretation and validity -- to the jury." By the latter part of the century, however, judges and state law were increasingly moving against nullification. In 1895 the US Supreme Court upheld the principle but ruled that juries were not to be informed of it by defense attorneys, nor were judges required to tell them about it....
While bank bailouts fatten Wall Street, states continue to battle the credit crisis. In the search for innovative solutions, some political candidates are proposing that states generate their own credit by setting up their own banks.
Originally posted by kwakakev
reply to post by SpringHeeledJack
It is good to hear that the military has a strong sense of unity, it makes a big difference. How do you think they will stand with the unresolved events of 9/11? Will they want to keep their skeletons in the closet or do they have the courage and integrity to face their fears?