By AlaskaWatchman.com

On March 14, the night before statewide courthouse sit-in protests begin, a resolution will be introduced by Kenai Borough Assembly members Bill Elam and Cindy Ecklund to  oppose recent actions taken by the Alaska Supreme Court that many view as a violation of Alaska Grand Jury powers to investigate and indict corrupt government officials – including judges.

The very next day, March 15, grand jury rights advocates will launch a statewide courthouse sit in at 8 a.m. to protest the Supreme Court’s actions and urge justices to rescind their new rules restricting grand jury investigations. Sit-ins are scheduled at courthouses in Kenai, Anchorage, Palmer, Fairbanks, Nenana, Juneau and Prince of Wales Island.

The proposed Kenai resolution requests that the Alaska Legislature hold hearings to investigate the Supreme Court, claiming that the justices’ actions conflict with the authority granted to citizen grand juries in Article 1, Section 8 of the Alaska Constitution.

The resolution argues that public welfare and safety are protected by the rule of law and equal protection under the law, and that the judiciary branch should be an impartial guardian of the law. It also notes that it is in the best interest of the state to provide a transparent process and legislative oversight pursuant to the provisions of the Alaska Constitution. If passed, the resolution will be provided to Gov. Mike Dunleavy and the State Legislature.

The Kenai resolution begins by noting that Alaska Constitution plainly states: “The power of grand juries to investigate and make recommendations concerning the public welfare or safety shall never be suspended.”

Further, the resolution observes that Alaska Statute 12.40.030 explicitly states, “The grand jury shall inquire into all crimes committed or triable within the jurisdiction of the court and present them to the court. The grand jury shall have the power to investigate and make recommendations concerning the public welfare or safety.”

The resolution goes on to note that on Dec. 1, 2022, the Supreme Court issued order 1993, which has resulted in public outcry against a rule that appears to conflict with  the constitutionally guaranteed rights of grand juries to investigate public officials, including judges.

“…if there exist allegations that bias or systemic corruption have led to improperly restricting substantive rights without due process or public notice, then it is incumbent upon the Legislature to gather further information or evidence through the public hearing process,” the resolution states. “…such an investigation appropriately reflects the separation of powers doctrine, and is an oversight function of the Alaska State Legislature…”

Given that all Kenai Borough Assembly members have taken an oath to protect and defend the State Constitution, the proposed resolution affirms that the assembly “supports the need for a mechanism for grand juries to investigate and make recommendations concerning the public welfare or safety pursuant to … the Constitution of the State of Alaska.”

The resolution ends by noting that numerous Kenai Borough residents have raised concerns about the Supreme Court’s restrictions on grand juries.

“The allegations are serious, involve  constitutional rights, and merit Legislative hearings to gather evidence in a public forum,” it states. “It is in the best interest of the State to provide a transparent process and Legislative oversight pursuant to the provisions of the Alaska Constitution.”

TAKING ACTION

— The March 14 Kenai Borough Assembly meeting begins at 6 p.m. To join the meeting via Zoom, use the following details: Meeting ID: 884 7373 9641. Passcode: 671108. URL: https://zoom.us/join

— For more information about this issue, click here.

— For detailed information about how the protest will work, click here.

— For information on how to participate in the March 15 courthouse sit-ins, contact Alaska Grand Jurors Association at (907) 398-6403 or visit the group’s website at alaskagrandjurorsassociation.org.

For information about scheduled sit-ins, contact the following people via text message.

— Kenai, David Haeg (907) 398-6403
— Anchorage, Sharon Kay (907) 947-3382
— Palmer, Holly Sheldon Lee (907) 232-4063
— Fairbanks, Kelly Nash (907) 388-9710
— Juneau, Betty Jo Moore (907) 738-8210

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On eve of courthouse sit-ins, Kenai to consider resolution against AK Supreme Court’s violation of Grand Jury rights

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 20 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


18 Comments

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Good to hear! Keep praying!

  • Neil DeWitt says:

    It looks like someone has something to hide so let’s change to law to protect that person. I say it’s against the state constitution so they were wrong and it needs to be rescinded. Grand Juries need to do what the people think is correct.

  • Edward D Martin Jr says:

    Friend of Humanity please bring your friends & your prayers to one of those court houses on the 15th , you will then show the support we need God Bless Liberty Ed

    • Elizabeth Henry says:

      Amen. Attach feet to prayers. David, when he slew Goliath, indeed prayed, but then he got up and faced the giant with a slingshot. And was very successful. I plan on attending the sit in at the courthouse in Palmer but will be praying also!

  • Jon and Ruth Ewig says:

    According to the Rule of Law, Judges who are lawless and not accountable need to be impeached. This includes the corrupt Judges who accept bribes and favors, or buckle under when threatened. The judges in Alaska are appointed by their peers as “good old boys.” The Judiciary Branch has decided that their power is greater than that of the other branches. They have decided that they are above the law. They have decided they are not accountable for their actions and decisions. They have decided that they can break the law and commit crimes without consequences. They do not exhibit integrity. They make their decisions in secret. We have good Constitutional lawyers that are passed over because they are honest and not in “the good old boy” club. This is called corruption. We support and admire the courage of the Alaska Grand Jurors Association to “stick with” what our Founding Fathers set up.

  • Sir Comrade says:

    people must obey the government rulers and forget about constitutional rights. Many have been murdered trying to fight against government forces, do you want to die? It takes too much work and time to keep up with all the information, so to enjoy today and let tomorrow happen is easier. You know you don’t have an unlimited bank account as does government, and you can’t afford to pay off media for favors like we can. Then how will you win? Surrender and your life will be spared, for now. And don’t tell me you care about your children. We already have programed them for the new future, so you are too late. We are watching you, so if you see your neighbor try to resist, or ever mention trump, do not talk or listen to them. Thay are mentally ill and should be reported. We can take them for evaluation for the good of our state.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    And how efficiently the government hides????!

  • Penny Johnson says:

    I will be at 825 W.4th Avenue in Anch, 3/15 – Nesbitt Courthouse with 5 extra signs. Let’s go, We The People!!

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    DaveMaxwell, thank you for the good comment at the end of the Alaska School of Government meeting tonight! Was watching it live via Politadick and caught your comment! Apparently, there are others who agree that there needs to be a recall petition for Dunleavy!

    • DaveMaxwell says:

      Your welcome! I wish we were not in these times, but I resist ignoring what we are facing and press forward to achieve what I believe God has called us to do!

  • Clint says:

    It isn’t just the grand jurors rights being violated, it’s all jurors rights being violated!! The system is crap! It’s flawed and corrupt! EVERY juror should be a FULLY INFORMED JUROR. Jury nullification! But the law was changed so that judges ARE NOT required to inform jurors of their rights and powers and so instead of informing jurors if their rights.
    Instead, what the judge does is “INSTRUCT” the jury and TELL them what to do and how they must do it which is CRIMINAL!! So judges commit the crime of tampering with the jury! A very serious crime! Perpetrated upon the jurors themselves, committed by the judge by way of juror instructions.
    Facts✌️

  • Sterling Crone says:

    Bless the Warriors.
    We The People, have been subject to tyranny by judges and public “servants” in several divisions of our government. Most recently, active pressure by the citizen body has forced two in that system to resign. Those citizens ” in the know” of these events have stood tall in the face of enormous odds to a stealth power structure the rest of us cannot imagine. STAND UP Alaskans! And teach the Younger generations what it is to have real honor and integrity, taking responsibility for your land, your behavior, and your word. Those of us who can no longer “do”, weep with great sadness for the progress for which we and our fathers struggled.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Impeachment Mike Dunleavy

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