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In The Northern District Court of the United States

Gainesville, Florida
Habeas Corpus Case Number: ____________________________
The people of Florida, )
In the matter of )
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Terry George Trussell, )
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Declarant )
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Jeffrey A. Siegmeister, ) EE!GENC" #TI#N $#!
"tate #ttorne$ for Di%ie Count$, Florida, ) %a&eas Cor'us
) $or
) Terry George Trussell
#nd ) Declaration for (rit of andamus
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James C. %an)inson, )
&ud'e of Third Circuit Court )
In (eon Count$, Florida )
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)espondents )
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The "tate of Florida)
The Count$ of Di%ie)
To *it:
I, Terr$ Geor'e Trussell, Declarant herein, hereafter +Declarant, +I, am an adult
man and competent to testif$ to the facts set forth herein, Declarant has firsthand -no*led'e of
such facts and hereb$ declare that such facts are true, and correct as follo*s:
. That this action is predicated upon the arrest and incarceration of Declarant, Terr$ Geor'e
Trussell, not /T0))1 G02)G0 T)3""0((, for actin' in the capacit$ of Grand &ur$
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Foreman and as a si'nator$ on a true bill of presentment a'ainst "tate #ttorne$, &effre$ #
"ie'meister, for criminal acts disclosed in testimon$ presented before the Grand &ur$ b$
an e$e *itness to the overt acts
4 That, at all relevant times, Declarant *as actin' in the capacit$ of one of the people of
#rticle I, 5 . of the Florida Constitution
!estraint of *i&erty
6 That Declarant is bein' unla*full$ restrained of m$ libert$ in Di%ie count$, Florida,
pursuant to m$ arrest and incarceration under criminal alle'ations b$ Florida Department
of (a* 0nforcement,7 heretofore to be referred to as FD(0) 2fficer Fran- (inton
7heretofore to be referred to as (inton) and "tate #ttorne$, &effre$ # "ie'meister,
7heretofore to be referred to as "ie'meister) and the arrestin' officer rel$in' upon an
order issued *ithout a valid and la*ful cause b$ circuit court 8ud'e, 7&ames C
Han-inson), and Declarant is presentl$ bein' held in custod$ *ithout the benefit of 9ond
: That the alle'ed order from circuit court 8ud'e, &ames C Han-inson, upon *hich the
sheriff;s deput$ alle'edl$ relied to arrest the Declarant *as a nullit$ for the unintelli'ible
composition therein, and *as not an order for an arrest but for release that sho*s such to
be issued after the fact of the arrest, of *hich the full te%t thereof states as follo*s:
ORDER: THIS CAUSE comin before me as !irst Appearance "aistrate# an$
%a&in re&ie'e$ t%e prece$in affi$a&it# fin$: (robable cause sufficient# (robable
cause not sufficient an$ unless correcte$ 'it%in se&ent) t'o %ours# t%e $efen$ant
s%all be release$ on %is o'n reconi*ance+,
< That after said arrest and incarceration Declarant obtained release b$ postin' a
performance bond, but remains in custod$ in a manner for *hich habeas corpus lies
pursuant to the definition of +custod$+ as set forth in 9lac-;s (a* Dictionar$, Fifth
0dition, at pa'e 6:=, that states in pertinent part:
Custody. . Term -custo$)- 'it%in statute re.uirin petitioner to be -in custo$)- to
be entitle$ to fe$eral %abeas corpus relief $oes not necessaril) mean actual
p%)sical $etention in /ail or prison but rat%er is s)non)mous 'it% restraint of
libert)+ U+S+ e0 rel+ Wirt* &+ S%ee%an# D+C+ Wis+# 123 !+Supp+ 245# 246+
Accor$inl)# persons on probation or release$ on o'n reconi*ance %a&e been
%el$ to be -in custo$)- for purposes of %abeas corpus procee$ins+,
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Jurisdiction of Su'reme Court
? That appl$in' to the District Court of the 3nited "tates is proper pursuant to #rticle III,
54, para'raph 4 of the Constitution for the 3nited "tates of #merica because a state is a
part$, and for the causes set forth belo*
= That the holdin' in Fa$ v Noia, 6=4 3" 6@. 7.@?6), at pa'es 6@.A6@4, ma-es habeas
corpus the proper remed$ for this action because it applies to an$ unconstitutional
restraint of libert$, statin' in pertinent part as follo*s:
7b8 A re&ie' of t%e %istor) of %abeas corpus s%o's t%at# '%en t%e Suspension
Clause# Art+ I# 9 3# Cl+ :# 'as 'ritten into t%e !e$eral Constitution an$ t%e first
;u$iciar) Act 'as passe$ conferrin %abeas corpus /uris$iction upon t%e fe$eral
/u$iciar)# t%ere 'as respectable common la' aut%orit) for t%e proposition t%at
%abeas corpus 'as a&ailable to reme$) an) <in$ of o&ernmental restraint
contrar) to t%e fun$amental la'# an$ it 'oul$ appear t%at t%e Constitution
in&ites# if it $oes not compel# a enerous construction of t%e po'er of t%e fe$eral
courts to $ispense t%e 'rit conformabl) 'it% common la' practice+ (p+ 16: U+S+
4=:-4=5+,
B That this is a matter that cannot be resolved in a state court because it is the state court
8ud'e and the state attorne$ operatin' *ithin the state court buildin' that are parties to the
issues *ho are actin' in crimes a'ainst the Declarant and the people of Florida for
e%ercisin' their reserved po*ers to impanel the Grand &ur$ and to function in the
capacit$ of 'rand 8urors *ithout 'overnmental control or restraints 73" v Cilliams,
<D: 3" 6? 7.@@4), pa'es := to :@
@ That the federal trial courts have alread$ been called upon b$ other people to settle the
issues herein raised and such courts have thus far refused to admit to the truth consistent
*ith 3" v Cilliams, <D: 3" 6? 7.@@4), as set forth belo*, that clearl$ sho*s the
authorit$ to impanel and control the Grand &ur$ is not *ithin the po*ers dele'ated to
'overnment, but remains *ithin the reserved po*ers of the people, and pursuant to such
refusal, an$ further application to such lo*er federal courts is clearl$ futile
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.D That the pertinent parts of 3" v Cilliams, <D: 3" 6? 7.@@4), from pa'es := to :@, that
sho* the Grand &ur$;s complete independence from 'overnment control are set forth for
purposes of this action as follo*s:
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>ecause t%e ran$ /ur) is an institution separate from t%e courts# o&er '%ose
functionin t%e courts $o not presi$e# 'e t%in< it clear t%at# as a eneral matter at
least# no suc% -super&isor)- /u$icial aut%orit) e0ists# an$ t%at t%e $isclosure rule
applie$ %ere e0cee$e$ t%e Tent% Circuit?s aut%orit)+ +++ -@RAoote$ in lon centuries
of Anlo-American %istor)#- t%e ran$ /ur) is mentione$ in t%e >ill of Ri%ts# but
not in t%e bo$) of t%e Constitution+ It %as not been te0tuall) assine$# t%erefore# to
an) of t%e branc%es $escribe$ in t%e first t%ree Articles+ It ?is a constitutional
fi0ture in its o'n ri%t+? - +++ In fact# t%e '%ole t%eor) of its function is t%at it
belons to no branc% of t%e institutional o&ernment# ser&in as a <in$ of buffer
or referee bet'een t%e Bo&ernment an$ t%e people+
Eat >a'e :BF
T%e ran$ /ur)?s functional in$epen$ence from t%e /u$icial branc% is e&i$ent bot%
in t%e scope of its po'er to in&estiate criminal 'ron$oin# an$ in t%e manner in
'%ic% t%at po'er is e0ercise$+ -Unli<e @aA @cAourt# '%ose /uris$iction is
pre$icate$ upon a specific case or contro&ers)# t%e ran$ /ur) ?can in&estiate
merel) on suspicion t%at t%e la' is bein &iolate$# or e&en because it 'ants
assurance t%at it is not+? - Unite$ States &+ R+ Enterprises# 43C U+S+ ----# ----# 222
S+Ct+ 6::# 6:5# 22: D+E$+:$ 63E 723328 7.uotin Unite$ States &+ "orton Salt Co+#
11C U+S+ 51:# 54:-541# 6= S+Ct+ 1E6# 154# 34 D+E$+ 4=2 723E=88+ It nee$ not
i$entif) t%e offen$er it suspects# or e&en -t%e precise nature of t%e offense- it is
in&estiatin+ >lair &+ Unite$ States# :E= U+S+ :61# :C:# 13 S+Ct+ 45C# 462# 51
D+E$+ 363 723238+ +++ An$ in its $a)-to-$a) functionin# t%e ran$ /ur) enerall)
operates 'it%out t%e interference of a presi$in /u$e+ See Calan$ra# supra# 424
U+S+# at 141# 34 S+ Ct+# at 526+ It s'ears in its o'n 'itnesses# !e$+ Rule Crim+
(roc+ 57c8# an$ $eliberates in total secrec)# see Unite$ States &+ Sells Enineerin#
Inc+# 451 U+S+# at 4:4-4:E# 2=1 S+Ct+# at 121C+
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Eat pa'e :@F
Reconi*in t%is tra$ition of in$epen$ence# 'e %a&e sai$ t%at t%e !ift%
Amen$ment?s -constitutional uarantee presupposes an in&estiati&e bo$) ?actin
in$epen$entl) of eit%er prosecutin attorne) or /u$e ?+ + + +-
.4 That the holdin' in Fa$ v Noia, 6=4 3" 6@. 7.@?6), at pa'es 6@.A6@4, ma-es habeas
corpus the proper remed$ for this action because it applies to an$ unconstitutional
restraint of libert$, statin' in pertinent part as follo*s:
7b8 A re&ie' of t%e %istor) of %abeas corpus s%o's t%at# '%en t%e Suspension
Clause# Art+ I# 9 3# Cl+ :# 'as 'ritten into t%e !e$eral Constitution an$ t%e first
;u$iciar) Act 'as passe$ conferrin %abeas corpus /uris$iction upon t%e fe$eral
/u$iciar)# t%ere 'as respectable common la' aut%orit) for t%e proposition t%at
%abeas corpus 'as a&ailable to reme$) an) <in$ of o&ernmental restraint
contrar) to t%e fun$amental la'# an$ it 'oul$ appear t%at t%e Constitution
in&ites# if it $oes not compel# a enerous construction of t%e po'er of t%e fe$eral
courts to $ispense t%e 'rit conformabl) 'it% common la' practice+ (p+ 16: U+S+
4=:-4=5+,
.6 That, for purposes of this action, the *ords +ri'ht,, and +po*er+ are virtuall$
interchan'eable terms pursuant to the definitions set forth in 9lac-;s (a* Dictionar$,
Fifth 0dition, as a reliable authorit$ for the 'eneral understandin' of terms
+o,er. The ri'ht, abilit$, authorit$, or facult$ of doin' somethin'
Constitutional po'er+ The ri'ht to ta-e action
!ight. #s a noun, and ta-en in a concrete sense, a po*er, privile'e, facult$ or
demand, inherent in one person and incident upon another )i'hts are defined
'enerall$ as +po*ers of free action,
.: That the issues raised b$ the said arrest and incarceration are of 'reat concern to the
people of Florida as defined in #rticle I, 5. of the Florida Constitution, as the people
*ithin *hich all political po*er inheres
.< No* a hearin' *as held in Di%ie Count$ before the accused &ud'e &ames C Han-inson
*ho refused to ac-no*led'e the Gan /Terr$ Geor'e Trussell, *hen he ans*ered to the
call for his name 9ecause he stood outside the 9#), &ud'e &ames C Han-inson refused
to ac-no*led'e the man ans*erin' him and issued a capias order to ta-e him into
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custod$ The Deput$ "heriffs too- Terr$ Geor'e Trussell from the Court )oom and hand
cuffed him and placed him in custod$ *ithout bond and *ithout order for a hearin'
.? &ud'e &ames C Han-inson must be removed from the Case H.:DDD4D.CF#IGI He has
displa$ed a personal bias a'ainst Terr$ Geor'e Trussell and has referred to him as
/T0))1 G02)G0 T)3""0((, The (e'al Fiction of (a* no* has unla*full$ ordered
Terr$ Geor'e Trussell into >rison *ithout 9ail
.= &ud'e &ames C Han-inson has violated the first four Cannons of &udicial 0thics He has
deprived Terr$ Geor'e Trussell of his God Given )i'hts *ithout (a*ful #uthorit$ to do
so The "tatutes on *hich &ud'e &ames C Han-inson relied are repu'nant to the 3"
Constitution
.B &ud'e &ames C Han-inson has abused the po*er dele'ated to him b$ the people and is in
dishonor The Implication of impropriet$ is evident in the entire &udiciar$ because of
Han-insonJs acts of pretended 8udicial order
.@ That the 2rder of &ud'e &ames C Han-inson is !oid and Null ab initio
+retense of the !estraint
4D That the pretense of the restraint is that: 7.) the po*er to impanel a Grand &ur$ is not
*ithin the reserved po*ers of the peopleK 74) that such po*er to impanel and control the
Grand &ur$ is e%clusivel$ *ithin the authorit$ of the Florida state 'overnmentK and 76)
that a presentment that issued from the Grand &ur$ impaneled b$ the people constitutes
the crime of simulation of le'al process
4. That the restraint of DeclarantJs libert$ is unla*ful in that all alle'ations a'ainst Terr$
Geor'e Trussell involve the char'e of simulation of le'al process pursuant to Florida
"tatutes B:6DB<<, t*o char'es involvin' subsection 76) and ei'ht involvin' subsection
7:), and all such alle'ations are founded upon the presumption that the po*er to impanel
the 'rand 8ur$ is not *ithin the retained po*ers of the people, but is e%clusive to the
po*ers of the Florida 'overnment, and all officers involved -no*, or should -no*, that
there is no constitutionall$ dele'ated po*ers to the Florida 'overnment to impanel or
control the Grand &ur$, and the presumptions do not lie for criminal matters pursuant to
the Florida 0vidence Code, "ection @D6D. statin', +"ections @D6D.A@D6D: are
applicable onl$ in civil actions or proceedin's+
44 That Declarant has -no*led'e that all the state circuit courts in Florida and their officers
have been apprised of the rulin' b$ the "upreme Court of the 3nited "tates in 3" v
Cilliams, <D: 3" 6? 7.@@4), and such courts have also been apprised of the lac- of
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dele'ation of such po*er to an$ of the branches of the Florida state 'overnment and, to
date, no state officer in Florida *ill ac-no*led'e that the po*er to impanel the 'rand 8ur$
has al*a$s remained *ithin the po*ers retained b$ the people and neither can the$ sho*
an$ constitutional dele'ation of po*er to an$ branch of the Florida 'overnment for proof
to the contrar$ because no such 'rant of po*er e%ists
46 That the la*fulness of the restraint of DeclarantJs libert$ has not been previousl$ tested
b$ habeas corpus or b$ proper court process prior to DeclarantJs arrest and incarceration
e%cept to refuse to file or respond to papers filed for purposes of settlin' the issues
4: That the actions of all officers involved no* demonstrates their erroneous position,
namel$, that the po*er to impanel the 'rand 8ur$ is e%clusive to the Florida 'overnment
and the people have no such po*er *hatsoever
$acts in Su''ort of A''lication for (rit
4< That on or about #pril 4., 4D.:, Declarant *as called for Grand &ur$ dut$ and Declarant
responded and after Lualif$in' for the Grand &ur$ Declarant *as appointed as the
foreman thereof for a period of si%Amonths
4? That, at the time of said appointment, Declarant had -no*led'e of the rulin' in 3" v
Cilliams, <D: 3" 6? 7.@@4), and the Declarant reco'niMed such position on the
statutor) Grand &ur$ as an opportunit$ to have the truth disclosed to settle the issue once
and for all time as to *hether: 7.) the po*er to impanel and control the 'rand 8ur$
remained *ithin the reserved po*ers of the peopleK 74) such po*er *as dele'ated to the
Florida 'overnment to impanel and controlK or 76) *as a po*er *ithin both the people
and the 'overnmentK these three conditions bein' the onl$ reasonable options possible
4= That *hile actin' in the capacit$ of foreman of the statutor) Grand &ur$ to receive
testimon$ for certain crimes, the "tate #ttorne$, &effre$ # "ie'meister, acted to prevent
declarant from presidin' in the proceedin' b$ sa$in' *ords to the effect, +This is m$
8ur$, I *ill be conductin' it,+ and "ie'meister demanded declarant sit at a table in a court
room normall$ used for trial Then "ie'meister proceeded to conduct the proceedin',
such conduct b$ "ie'meister bein' contrar$ even to the standards for the statutor) Grand
&ur$ as created b$ the Florida le'islature
4B That, bein' the present Grand &ur$ foreman and havin' access to the Grand &ur$ room in
the Di%ie count$ Courthouse, Declarant initiated the impanelin' of a Grand &ur$ from the
state people to investi'ate the matters created b$ the actions of "ie'meister that resulted
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in presentments bein' issued after proper deliberation on the testimon$ submitted to the
>eopleJs Grand &ur$
4@ That, thereafter, Declarant *as arrested and incarcerated upon alle'ations of simulatin'
le'al process, such char'es bein' founded upon a la*ful function of a Grand &ur$
foreman, *hether or not the po*er comes from the 'overnment or from the people
6D That, at all relevant times, Declarant relied upon the common la* reLuirements of the
Fifth #mendment as held in U+S+ &+ Williams+
6. That the supremac$ clause of the Constitution for the 3nited "tate of #merica, at #rticle
!I, para'raph 4, that states as follo*s:
64 +T%is Constitution# an$ t%e Da's of t%e Unite$ States '%ic% s%all be ma$e in
pursuance t%ereofF an$ all Treaties ma$e# or '%ic% s%all be ma$e# un$er t%e
aut%orit) of t%e Unite$ States# s%all be t%e supreme Da' of t%e Dan$F an$ t%e
;u$es in e&er) State s%all be boun$ t%ereb)# an) T%in in t%e Constitution or
Da's of an) State to t%e Contrar) not'it%stan$in+-
66 That the Fifth and "eventh #mendmentJs are part of the said +"upreme (a* of the
(and+ and such #mendments contain the onl$ reference to the Grand &ur$, that states in
pertinent part, +No person shall be held to ans*er for a capital, or other*ise infamous
crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand &ur$,N+
6: That an +infamous crime+ is an$ that calls for prison time as set forth in 9lac-;s (a*
Dictionar$, Fifth 0dition, at pa'e 66<, definin' Infamous crime states in pertinent part:
+# crime punishable b$ imprisonment in a state prison or penitentiar$, *ith or *ithout
hard labor, is an infamous crime+
6< That the officers responsible for said arrest, incarceration and restraint of DeclarantJs
libert$ have violated the reLuirements of the Fifth #mendment b$ said arrest and
incarceration *ithout a Grand &ur$ presentment or indictment
A&uses &y Go-ernment in E.clusi-e Control of the Grand Jury
6? That the contention b$ the 'overnment officers that the Grand &ur$ is *ithin the e%clusive
po*er and control of the Florida 'overnment is *holl$ unreasonable in that it could not
be the intent of the people *ho ori'inall$ created the 'overnment offices, to create a
+*atch do'+ provision for holdin' criminals responsible for their acts, and then place
such provision *ithin the e%clusive control of the 'overnment officers *ho are capable of
such criminal acts themselves and cannot be relied upon to punish themselves or fello*
officers
6= That the Declarant has found that the 'rand 8uries bein' used b$ the court and
prosecutor;s office are prevented from hearin' crimes committed b$ 'overnment officers
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that allo*s such officers to commit crimes *ith impunit$ and *ith no protection for the
victims
6B That e%perience has alread$ sho*n that s*orn testimon$ of crimes submitted to criminal
inta-e officers *ith a demand for access to the Grand&8ur$ for testif$in' and an
investi'ation are not delivered to the Grand &ur$ and such officers add the additional
crimes of misprision of felon$ and obstruction of 8ustice *ith impunit$ b$ the erroneous
contention that the po*er to impanel and control the Grand &ur$ is *ithin the e%clusive
control of the 'overnment and there is a ne'lect to transmit such crimes to the Grand &ur$
for initiatin' the prosecution of such crimes as a matter of course
6@ That these matters are of 'reat interest and importance to the people of Florida and must
be settled b$ this habeas corpus action as to *here the po*er to impanel and control the
'rand 8ur$ lies, in the 'overnment, in the people, or both, and *hether DeclarantJs 'ood
faith actions in reliance upon Williams# and to act in the capacit$ of a Grand &ur$ foreman
*ithin the retained po*ers of the people are crimes
!elief Sought &y (rit of %a&eas Cor'us
Cherefore, pursuant to the fore'oin' and in the interest of 8ustice and as a matter of la*, this
court must:
a Issue the *rit of habeas corpus to test the constitutionalit$ of the restraint of DeclarantJs
libert$ b$ the respondents bein' made to sho* the la*ful cause for such restraint in
conformit$ *ith the Constitutions, the la*s made in pursuance thereof, the retained
po*ers of the people, the limited po*ers of 'overnment *ithin the scope of the
Constitutions, the facts, and the precedents alread$ set b$ prior decisions of this court, or
stipulate to the lac- of cause for such arrest and incarcerationK
b 2rder the suspension of state court proceedin's a'ainst Terr$ Geor'e Trussell, *hile this
action is pendin'K
c 3pon a determination that the Declarant has acted *ithin the authorit$ of the retained
po*ers of the people, declare that Declarant is bein' unla*full$ restrained of his libert$
d Issue an order for m$ dischar'e and for correction of the e%istin' circumstance upon
*hich the same restraint can recur b$ settlin' the matter as to the po*er to impanel the
Grand &ur$ bein' *ithin those po*ers retained b$ the people consistent *ith the common
la* reLuirements of the Fifth #mendment
e Declare the lac- of an$ dele'ation of an$ po*ers to an$ branch of the Florida
'overnment to impanel or control the Grand &ur$
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f #nd for an$ other relief this court deems 8ust
I therefore Gove this Honorable Court to order the immediate release of Terr$ Geor'e
Trussell from incarcerationand allo* 9ail until this matter can be settled
0%ecuted this .D
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da$ of 2ctober 4D.: #D 4D.:
Yours in the bill of Rights,
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