Category Archives: Grand Jury

Judge Nally Explains the History and Power of the Grand Jury

Judge Paul Nally, Madison Forum Secretary and Chairman of Legal Education, spoke to a full house at a graciously arranged dinner and talk sponsored by the Canton Tea Party Patriots and The Madison Forum on November 12, 2015. The topic was the function of the Grand Jury, and Judge Nally is the acknowledged expert in Georgia.

The Judge led the audience through a reasoned litany of what our civic responsibilities are as jurists in Georgia. He placed the hierarchy of power in proper perspective by demonstrating through the words of the Georgia Constitution and the relevant case law that the … Read more...

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The Time has come-

By
Paul L. Nally

Not To ask what price our Liberty, but what price inattention to it.

Mrs. Katharine Johnston’s death should never have happened. Then the Habersham child and now David Hooks.

As a former Police Chief and Judge, I have found it useful to look to the past for guidance and understanding. In 1604 Lord Coke ruled that (paraphrasing) a man’s home is his castle, and if the sheriff comes upon the King’s business, he may not break down the door, but he must announce his business at the portal.

From that time until our Constitution, that was … Read more...

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Magna Carta Libertatum And The Murder of David Hooks –

By
Paul Nally

The Great Charter of Liberties, commonly referenced simply as “Magna Carta” or, in the vernacular, “the Great Charter”, the founding document of all Common Law countries, celebrates its 800th birthday June 15th.

This document was hoped to bring peace between the King and his subjects in the time of King John. As was the usual reason for dissent, John, who had lost his ancestral lands in France in 1204 and tried for 10 years to regain them, raised extensive taxes each year to pay for the venture. Ironically, in the previous century, King Henry I had proclaimed … Read more...

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