Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Lorilei Perry is still ambitious about reinstating a common law grand jury in Dorchester County, though it may take longer than she anticipated.
Perry organized a public meeting on March 4 at Dorchester County Public Library to inform residents on the perks of a common law grand jury. A 35-minute presentation was to be followed by a vote by the show of hands. Participants were welcomed to register for the common law grand jury.
Perry’s meeting did not go as planned; the presentation included videos and there were problems getting sound to work. On top of that Perry said it was not a huge turnout by residents. The crowd decided to table the vote.
However, Perry is not about to quit. She said she is working on rescheduling another meeting.
“I am not giving up on this,” Perry said. “I do see the necessity of returning the power of the people back to the people.”
Perry would like to see all counties in the state reinstate a common law grand jury. She said these juries include perks; jurors are not required to serve if they are not able to do so, and common law grand juries also exercise jury nullifications.
Perry encourages residents to do their research and look into voting on the issue.
“The people have a right to know and the right to act,” she said.