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Chelsea Manning’s Resistance Is Aimed At Abolishing The Grand Jury Once And For All

Kevin Gosztola
Jun 3, 2019 · 7 min read
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Chelsea Manning (Photo by #MCB19)

‘Prosecutors Can Repeatedly Bring the Same Charges’

Additionally, Manning highlighted the reality that “jeopardy doesn’t attach with a grand jury,” which means “prosecutors can repeatedly bring the same charges” against individuals. Having to show new evidence or prove empaneling a grand jury is in the public interest has hardly ever been an obstacle.

A Tool Of Internment

Manning did not broach the issue of forced immunity in her letter to the judge, but by the 1950s, many subpoenaed progressive activists invoked their Fifth Amendment right to silence. The government moved to end this trend by passing a law that granted transactional immunity to anyone subpoenaed to provide testimony.

Putting A Face On Grand Jury Abuse

Slavery, the subordination of women, segregation, and disenfranchising citizens, who did not own land, were part of the Constitution once but removed. So, the fact that a process is enshrined in the Constitution does not make it off limits to criticism or protest.

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