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Pa. D.A. Nixes Prospect For Grand Jury Re Kecksburg

From: Larry W. Bryant <overtci.nul>
Date: Sat, 7 Feb 2004 00:49:02 -0500
Fwd Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2004 09:23:49 -0500
Subject: Pa. D.A. Nixes Prospect For Grand Jury Re Kecksburg


In his letter to me of Feb. 2, 2004 (as quoted below),
Westmoreland County, Pa., district attorney John W. Peck
cheerfully (and unabashedly) displays his lack of knowledge
(and/or concern) about the rich, venerable, and productive
history of grand-jury impanelment in cases where the targeted
incident lies below the level of an indictable offense. I wonder
if he'd change his tune were a current/former Pennsylvania state
policeman to come forward and blow the whistle on his superiors'
role in aiding/abetting the feds' Kecksburg Incident
activities/subsequent coverup. Alas, Mr. Peck's (predictable)
cop-out adds merely another document to the public's
UFO- esearch file folder labeled "Missed Opportunities."

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TEXT OF MR. PECK'S LETTER TO LWB:

Dear Mr. Bryant:

This will acknowledge receipt of your letter dated January 19,
2004 [*], in which you have requested a special state grand jury
regarding the alleged observation of unidentified flying
object(s) near Kecksburg, Pennsylvania on December 9, 1965.

This Office does not have a standing grand jury. In order to
initiate a grand jury, it is necessary to apply to the court for
an order directing that a grand jury be summoned and, more
importantly, alleging that criminal activity exists which
requires an investigating grand jury. Of course, there is
significant expense and a great deal of time consumed in
presenting a case to a grand jury.

In considering whether to convene a grand jury regarding the
events that occurred near Kecksburg in 1965, two things come to
mind. First, from what little I know of the alleged events I am
not aware there was a crime committed by individuals that would
be a violation of the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
A grand jury is limited to an inquiry into violations of state
crime [sic]. Additionally, if a crime was committed, the statute
of limitations has most likely expired regarding any offenses
thereby preventing any prosecution.

If the alleged events at Kecksburg are worthy of investigation,
it would be a matter for the resources of federal authorities
who, I understand, were involved in the initial matter.

I am sorry I cannot be of any more assistance to you in this
matter.

Very truly yours,

John W. Peck

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* TEXT OF LWB's LETTER OF JAN. 19, 2004, TO MR. PECK:

TO: John Peck, Esq.; District Attorney of Westmoreland County,
Penn. - 2 North Main Street - Suite 206; Greensburg, PA 15601

FROM: Larry W. Bryant

DATE: January 19, 2004

As pointed out in a brand-new electronic petition now being
circulated via the Internet (see:

http://www.PetitionPetition.com/cgi/petition.cgi?id=6516

the time has come for immediate impanelment of a special state
grand jury in Westmoreland County, Pa., to determine exactly
what happened (and why) during and after the official government
authorities' retrieval of a crash-landed unidentified flying
object near Kecksburg, Pa., on the night of Dec. 9, 1965.

Accordingly, on behalf of the petition's signatories, I hereby
request that you proceed promptly with all the authority and
commitment of your office, to have the applicable court of law
impanel the sought-for grand jury. Please note that, as you take
this long-overdue action toward investigating, discovering, and
reporting the whole truth about (and consequences of) the
Kecksburg Incident, I readily can provide you with photo-copies
of declarations from several key Kecksburg witnesses (along with
other pertinent material gleaned from recent freedom-of-
information-driven research at the federal level). Some of this
material reveals a pattern of abuse of authority on the part of
certain members of the retrieval team - including their
commandeering of private property, their intimidation of local
witness, and their deceptive practices. What's more, the federal
government's stonewalling response to recent FOIA inquiries
about the Kecksburg Incident serves to ripen the case for
immediate impanelment of the grand jury in its investigatory-
 and-reporting function.

To be sure: for whatever reasons, not all researchers into the
Kecksburg Incident (especially some of those having a
commercially vested interest in its current status and/or
outcome) happen to share/approve/support my seeking the
impanelment. This (expected) subcultural discord, however,
should be of no consequence in your fulfillment of my request;
indeed, its very presence offers the grand jury just another
reason for seizing this opportunity to help the public dispel
the aura of mystery, anxiety, and negativity that has beset the
Kecksburg Incident for nearly 40 years.

Please let me know, soon, how I (and others) may assist you in
gathering and presenting all available evidence for the grand
jury's work.

By snail-mail, I'm sending to you a signed printout of this e-
formatted letter.


LARRY W. BRYANT

Copy furnished to: Lewis Kannon

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things
that matter." - Martin Luther King, Jr.





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