About the Episode
Today I have on the phone Gavin Seim a dynamic liberty speaker and independent filmmaker from Washington State who defends liberty on the front lines. Also we have on the phone Noah Horwitz, The Senior Associate Editor for the Daily Texan, University of Texas. We got into a really heated debate over marriage equality.
For those of you who don’t know, a new state law has been passed in an attempt to make jury panels more reflective of the communities that they serve. Under this law, the court clerk would summon 100 people at random, and from that number, the court would find the first 12 that qualified.
Now, in theory this is a better system than we had, where county commissioners had the option of naming 5 people from their constituency. This resulted in a system in which county commissioners would pick their pals, and jury panels did not reflect the diversity within the community from a racial or gender standpoint.
In practice, however, the random system has shown to be…well, just as flawed.
Earlier this week, a Waco police detective was selected Wednesday to preside over a new McLennan County grand jury that may be the panel that considers the Twin Peaks shootings. In fact, that detective will serve as the foreman of the jury.
This same grand jury panel could also review Waco Police Officers’ actions in the wake of the Twin Peaks shootings.
Tell me: how can a detective, veteran or otherwise, who serves with the police officers under scrutiny, fairly judge his peers and coworkers? Furthermore, isn’t a lawman rather unqualified to work on a case that involves one of the highest profile shootings in the Waco area and in the country in a number of years?
Diversity and randomness are important for juries, but not more so than impartiality. A lawsuit has been filed by one of the arrested bikers, alleging that this grand jury selection demonstrates impartiality. He’s not wrong, and if the detective’s panel ends up hearing either case involving his comrades or the criminals he’s sworn to protect against, we are looking at an awful violation of someone’s 6th Amendment rights…..Now that I have that off my just let me introduce our guest….. Today I have on the phone Gavin Seim a dynamic liberty speaker and independent filmmaker from Washington State who defends liberty on the front lines. Gavin is my right hand man when it comes to the second amendment. But I read something last week that gave me pause. Gavin stated that sin has become law and law makers have become criminals in referenced to the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality…..Gavin Welcome to Come And Talk It Sir….