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." --- 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 --- * 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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