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  •  They attacked the 9th amendment first. (1+ / 0-)
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    And it was the most important one.

    •  That allowed them to go after grand juries (1+ / 0-)
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      Which were neutered in the late 19th century.  Having eliminated the grand jury as a method of stopping public corruption, the next step was to start giving the DAs power to "forgive" crimes by powerful and well-connected people.  Then this was leveraged into the power to railroad innocent people.  

      This set of powers was the basis which was used for later expansions of executive power, and manipulation of the members of the judiciary.

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