The idea, promoted by websites like American Grand Jury, goes like this:
- The U.S. Constitution requires that no person can be tried in a major criminal case unless indicted by a grand jury.
- A grand jury is composed of citizens who are not in any way agents of the government.
- The Constitution does not require that the government supervise the formation or operation of a grand jury.
- Therefore, citizens have the right to form ad hoc grand juries for the purpose of handing down indictments to prosecutors.
To those who favor this idea: Are you sure you want to open this Pandora's Box? If you insist the concept of citizen grand juries is valid for your hot-button issue (i.e. Obama's citizenship), will you continue to support the concept when it is used by the various denizens of the radical Left to air their grievances?
The Left is very good at using a society's institutions as weapons against that society. I don't recommend giving them more weapons than they already have. Their abuse of this tool will far outweigh any legitimate use you would make of it.