- audio recordings of a certain court proceeding; and
- bank records about certain "court operating accounts".
- sued for defamation, without lawful basis;
- illegally arrested,
- illegally thrown in jail, where they were subjected to humiliating, inhumane and degrading treatment,
- illegally coerced into no less illegal bond conditions, and
- illegally indicted for non-existing felonies that they did not commit.
The only positive thing that I see there does not relate to the contents of the indictment, but to the laws of the State of Georgia.
As compared to the laws of the State of Georgia, under the laws of the State of New York, where I worked in a criminal defense office for 16 years, identities of grand jurors, with the exception of the foreperson who signs the indictment, are not known to the defendant or his/her attorney.
And, that's a shame - because:
- criminal proceedings must be public, every stage of such proceedings, and because
- the identity of who brings criminal charges against a person must be known, too - to verify whether conflicts of interest and other disqualifying factors were excluded when the grand jury panel was picked.
- Christopher Adam Payne, Foreperson
- Alan Morris
- Marcus Jesse Walker
- Cheryl Ann Carmody
- Danny Lee Crulkshank
- james Cody McFarland
- Martha Ann Baldwin
- June Elizabeth Ash
- Lisa Lowery Duckett
- Heidi Marie Smith
- Audrey Jewell Blaine
- Jason Timothy Berneth
- Stuart Anthony Martin
- Candy Chism DiPrima
- Vanessa Kaitlin Stancil
- David Paul Croft
The indictment was signed by the prosecuting attorney, not by the foreperson Christopher Adam Payne.
Yet, in Georgia, same as in New York, the indictment was supposed to be signed by the Foreperson of the Grand Jury, not by a prosecutor.
First, if prosecutors could issue indictments, they would not have had the need for grand jury proceedings.
Second, the 5th Amendment requires prosecution of heinous and infamous crimes (like felony fraud that Mark Thomason was charged with) only based on an indictment by a Grand Jury - not by a prosecutor.
So, this indictment, ladies and gentlemen, is FRAUDULENT.
And, for trying to prosecute upon this indictment, it is Alison Sosebee and not Mark Thomason who should be - not only prosecuted, but disbarred.
Third, the signature of the prosecutor may verify reports about the grand jury proceedings from people with knowledge indicating that the grand jury refused to indict - three times, reportedly - causing, again reportedly, Brenda Weaver to come into the hallway, and into the grand jury room, screaming, insulting Alison Sosebee, insulting grand jurors, reminding grand jurors of favors she provided to them in the past and demanding that they return a "true bill".
And still - the indictment presented to Mark was not a valid indictment, unless there is another document signed by the Foreman of the Grand Jury, Christopher Adam Payne.
Do you think Sosebee did not know she had no right to sign indictments?
Here is an excerpt from a Prosecutor's Council's Grand Jury Manual for District Attorneys of the State of Georgia, as well as the link to the entire Manual:
That manual, in black on white, states that it is the foreperson of the Grand Jury, as the presiding officer of the Grand Jury, who signs all indictments and presentments.
Not the prosecuting attorney.
So - the indictment, copy of which was given to Mark Thomason, and upon which he was prosecuted, was a nullity.
And, Alison Sosebee, possibly trying hard to earn Brenda Weaver's "trust" for her own judicial rumored judicial nomination, has exposed herself - badly - to a civil rights lawsuit by signing an indictment INSTEAD OF the grand jury Foreperson.
Alison Sosebee was only entitled to PROSECUTORIAL immunity, for PROSECUTORIAL functions.
Usurping the authority of the Presiding Officer of the Grand Jury was certainly not a prosecutorial function, and, in my opinion, does not entitle Sosebee to prosecutorial immunity.
So, from the indictment that Mark Thomason was given, it is clear that the Grand Jury DID NOT indict Mark Thomason - Alison Sosebee fraudulently pretended that the grand jury did indict, for which she should be DISBARRED and criminally prosecuted.
For further analysis of the indictment - why it was defective not only because of who signed it, but by its contents, too, and for analysis of potential conflicts of interest in the composition of the grand jury -
Update as of October 11, 2017. There has been a development after I published this blog - there emerged a document that purports to be another part of the indictment that supposedly have been signed by the grand jury foreman, but was somehow never served upon Mark Thomason.
Why I still continue to believe that this indictment has been fabricated, and to see that "document", read Part VIII of #JudgeBrendaWeaver saga here.