The Strange Grand Jury Will Be In Houston County On TuesdayRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Feb 18 2013 6:24 PM
HOUSTON COUNTY: The “Special” Houston County Grand Jury empaneled at the request of Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange is scheduled to appear beginning on Tuesday in the Houston County Courthouse.
Late last year Attorney General Luther Strange requested a special Grand Jury dedicated soley to his office be empaneled in Houston County. At the direction of the Circuit Court a group was summoned to appear. Their names were placed in a cookie can and 18 persons were chosen to serve as the Luther Strange Special Grand Jury.
The first day they met two Grand Jurors were dismissed after being empaneled. One, as sources indicate, for expressing their complete dissatisfaction with what Strange has done with Center Stage. The Grand Jury panel, after their first day, is reported down to 16. It will take 13 at the conclusion to be present for a vote when Strange concludes his Grand Jury.
Long time serving District Attorney of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit Doug Valeska has denied any involvement with the Attorney General. Valeska has denied any knowledge to what Strange is looking into.
The Strange Grand Jury was empaneled in January for what was believed to be four days. They only met for ½ of 1 day. This week the Grand Jury is scheduled for the remainder of the week. It is not clear if they will meet all week or partial week this week. Some people have received subpoenas to appear before the Grand Jury this week.
Last week RSN encountered Strange in a restaurant and bar in Montgomery. He was confronted about not agreeing to an interview but calling a press conference and local Dothan media, especially RSN who requested an interview not being notified. Strange was given contact numbers while in the restaurant and bar but so far no call.
Strange expressed being upset about my calling him out for his claims of being the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of this state, yet his not being in Dale County from January 29 through February 4 when 5 year Ethan was held in a underground bunker with a killer. Strange said he had been in contact with the people on the scene. While Alabama Governor Robert Bentley had two people on the scene with direct contact to the Governor there was not one single person of the Chief Law Enforcement Officer Luther Strange’s office on the scene.
However, the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the State Luther Strange will have persons in Houston County Courthouse this week conducting Grand Jury.
Authority of Grand Jury
In my conversation with the long serving District Attorney of this Circuit Doug Valeska, he informed me that Grand Jurors have broad authority. The Grand Jurors, not the prosecutor, can summon additional witnesses to testify and broaden the scope of their investigation.
Hopefully, some of the fine people empaneled to serve on this Grand jury will broaden the scope of the Strange plan for them. If the Strange Grand Jury is about actions surrounding the Country Crossings/Center Stage mess, the Grand Jurors will get to the bottom of the entire issue. Perhaps they will broaden their scope to determine what was Bob Riley’s actions, did he get Indian money. What was his staff’s actions, what do they know. Some of Riley’s staff are involved in this Grand Jury process. Perhaps they will place them under oath and require their testimony.
Perhaps this Grand Jury will summon Strange himself and get to the bottom of the issue on the Indian money. If machines taken from Victoryland are in fact on the floor of the Alabama Indian Casino’s. Get to the issue that the Crenshaw County Circuit Court Judge assigned as a special judge for Houston County refused to issue a search warrant for Country Crossings. That is why Tyson brought 130 Alabama State Troopers to Country Crossings to force them to close by intimidation since he could not get a search warrant.
If the Houston County Grand Jurors will, they can finally get to the bottom of the issue and put a lot of this mess to rest.
Valeska said the Grand Jurors can tell the prosecutors to call other people. They can get to the bottom of the issue rather than listen to only what the Attorney General wants them to hear. Get to the bottom, once and for all.
Comment About Strange Not Being In Dale County As Chief Law Enforcement Officer
One comment that rings to my ears that Strange made when confronted last week in the restaurant and bar in Montgomery. It was that he did not want to be in the media in the event and did not come to Dale County.
After I thought about that, I realized that was bull. The command center for the operation was at the church. The command center was under guard and admittance into the command center was controlled access only.
The media was across the road. For Strange, as Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the State of Alabama, to have been accessible to the media, Strange would have had to cross the road to the side where media was at. Because the media was not allowed access to the command center.
Strange himself has not been to Houston County in months…months…months…
Strange has not made himself available to the media in this area for questions. However, that will change in 2014 since he has to seek re-election. A safe gamble will be…he will begin to be available.
Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the State of Alabama – School bus driver killed, a child taken hostage, in an underground bunker with a killer and explosives. Never – never – never any attendance on the scene by the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the State of Alabama or ANY member of his office.
Thanks to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley for remembering the good people of Dale County. Thanks to Governor Bentley for caring that 5 year old Ethan was rescued and sending people from your office to Dale County to be there to assist the Sheriff of Dale County ( the real Chief Law Enforcement Officer ) and the District Attorney of Dale and Geneva County.