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State Senate Candidate Supports Establishment of State Grand Jury

Sacramento (September 24, 1998)

Gerald Klaas, the Libertarian candidate for State Senate District 6, today announced his support for the establishment of a State Grand Jury.

The call for creation of a State Grand Jury is sponsored by the Northern California Coalition for Limited Government (NCCLG) and resolution No. 97-208 has already been adopted by the Solano County Board of Supervisors.

Mr. Klaas said, "The purpose of a Grand Jury is to keep government accountable to the people even when politicians aren't. If citizens are expected to follow the law, so should government, and agents of government. When the agents of government refuse to uphold the law, it becomes the duty of the citizens through a Grand Jury to uphold the law."

"The need for a Grand Jury at the state level became obvious this summer when the legislature ignored it's constitutional duty to provide a budget to the Governor's office in a timely manner. Instead, the legislators allowed the leadership, a.k.a. The Big Five, to create our state budget in private meetings. If this had happened in any state agency, it would have been a violation of the Bagley-Keene Act, and certainly is a violation of their oaths of office to uphold state and federal constitutions. Yet there is no cost to legislators for violating the law, they do it with impunity, for who is there to stop them?"

"I would also like to see the Attorney General be held accountable for not challenging the federal government on 10th Amendment grounds regarding the passage of Proposition 215 (medical marijuana usage). Regardless of his personal beliefs, Californians have created the law, and he is sworn to uphold it."

"In a time when politicians are trying to hold everybody else accountable for all of society's ills, the citizens need a Grand Jury to hold politicians accountable to society."

Mr. Klaas was born and raised in Sacramento. You will find more of his views online at

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