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You are welcome to our Web site if you agree to the following terms of use.

Plagiarism and Copyright Provisions

All materials on this Web site are owned, unless otherwise stated, by the American Grand Jury Foundation, which reserves all rights. The following is a brief, but not inclusive, statement concerning plagiarism, intellectual property, and copyright law. This is important information for citizens in a constitutional republic; it illustrates why we have laws.

Thieves of intellectual property have made life difficult for legitimate scholars, Web site owners, college professors, and other citizens. Plagiarism comes from a Greek word meaning “kidnapping,” and it is almost as odious as that despicable act. If you are a student, ask your teacher or professor to explain plagiarism to you and your fellow class members. If the terms “copyright” or “intellectual property rights” are unfamiliar, search the Internet for explanations of them.

As a result of such thievery, we have copyright laws, which require persons who create text, artwork, music, etc., to post a symbol (such as you will see in this Web site) on their works. Even without the symbol, a creator’s work, under recent law, is copyrighted. Some copyrights expire after specified periods of time. Artwork, text, and so forth, that you see on this Web site that appears to be from an earlier time is probably now in the public domain. However, it might carry a copyright symbol to protect its design, display, formatting, etc.

Obtaining Permission to Post Web Site
Materials Elsewhere

Until further arrangements are made, no one may post any material on this Web site to any other Web site without our permission.

Terms of Use

If you want to use copyrighted materials in this Web site “for educational purposes,” you may do so, provided you do not charge for their use. Prospective plagiarists should understand that various techniques are available for proving who created copyrighted material, such as date and time stamping and tracking materials from Web sites to see where they have been improperly posted. Likewise, removing a copyright symbol greatly assists in prosecuting a case of the theft of intellectual property.

Accuracy of Data

When information on this Web site is from secondary sources, it is so identified. Accuracy of such data is not guaranteed or ensured. Reasonable care has been taken to appraise the accuracy of the data, but no guaranty, either explicitly or implicitly, is claimed for anything that appears on this site. Visitors to our site should check the source of the data we provide as appropriate.


Reasonable measures have been taken to protect you from spam, viruses, worms, and other forms of computer and software damage. We are not responsible for any such material that might be in this Web site, nor do we warrant that this site is free from such destructive, damaging, and unauthorized intrusions. You are advised, of course, to take similar reasonable care in accessing all Web sites and protecting your computer from damage.

Disclaimer about Practicing Law

Do not consider this Web site a source for professional legal advice. As appropriate, some postings on this site will include citations to statutes, case law, the official opinions of legal advisors, and other such persons. The purpose of the citations is to assist you in referring to statutes, case law, periodical articles, and the like for accuracy: You owe it to yourself to do so.

Why no Links to other Web Sites?

One of the advantages of Web sites is to provide visitors with links to other sources. On occasion, Universal Resource Locators (URLs) may be provided for reference purposes but will not be linked to their Web sites. Simply copy the URL and paste it into your browser to connect to the Web site. One reason we do not offer direct URL connections is a preference for an independent, non-affiliated operation and also the lack of time for visiting other Web sites to request permission to be linked. You should read the policies of any Web site you visit, including this one. We also emphasize that references in this Web site to any other does not necessarily imply that we endorse it. As time passes, we may alter our policy regarding linking to URLs.

Assuming that you access this Web site for legitimate purposes you may link to our site. You are not authorized, however, to frame or otherwise post the content of this site.


Personal information on this site will not be shared with third parties other than service providers who might use the information to assist us in responding to your requests or in the event of criminal activity.

Contact Information

For many years, we helped callers find answers to questions they asked in telephone conversations about citizenship, grand juries, sources of information, local government, and so on. We preserved hundreds of questions commonly asked about such matters, and answers to many of these questions were incorporated into Grand Juries in California: A Study in Citizenship. Because of other commitments, it is no longer feasible to volunteer time to serve in this capacity. If you have a question about topics on this site, please send it in typed form to the address shown below. Questions of a nature that will interest or benefit other viewers of the Web site may be answered in time in an appropriate section.

American Grand Jury Foundation
P.O. Box 5272
Modesto CA 95352-5272

Who Supports the Web Site Financially?

The American Grand Jury Foundation supports this Web site; no money is received from any other source. At present, we do not permit advertising.


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