Grand Juror in Michael Brown Trial Sues St. Louis Prosecutor for Right to Speak Out on Case

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A grand jury member from the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson trial is seeking permission to speak out against comments made by the prosecuting attorney on the case, Robert McCulloch.

Grand Juror Doe has filed a lawsuit in St. Louis federal court requesting “freedom to challenge McCulloch’s comments, “especially the implication that all grand jurors believed that there was no support for any charges.”

According to the lawsuit, documents released by McCulloch on Nov. 24 “do not fully portray the proceedings before the grand jury.” The comments that he made about the case that night “characterizes the views of the grand jurors collectively toward the evidence, witnesses, and the law, in a manner that does not comport with Plaintiff’s own opinions.”  In other words, he insinuated that all the jurors believed Darren Wilson was not guilty. The juror wants the opportunity to correct that opinion.

Missouri law requires 9 of 12 jurors to agree to return an indictment. It also prohibits grand jurors from speaking about certain aspects of cases, particularly deliberations. “Grand Juror Doe” believes this to be unconstitutional, particularly in the instance when they feel that the case was handled differently than other cases that the jury saw during their term, with a stronger focus on Michael Brown than Darren Wilson as the perpetrator. The juror also claims that the presentation of the laws applicable to the case were not presented clearly, calling them “muddled” and presented “in an untimely manner.”

The juror is represented by the American Civil Liberties Union.

 

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