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Ferguson Grand Juror Sues For Right To Speak Out

Ashley Yang |
January 5, 2015 | 7:29 p.m. PST

Associate News Editor



A member of the grand jury that voted to not indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot unarmed black teen Michael Brown filed suit on Monday against the St. Louis county prosecutor for the right to speak out because he/she felt the public’s impression of the grand jury proceedings was “not entirely accurate.” 

The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri is representing the unnamed grand juror in the lawsuit, which questions the manner in which St. Louis county prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch chose to have evidence presented and portrayed the grand jury’s decision to the public. It asked a federal judge to prevent McCulloch from enforcing Missouri laws that restrict what a grand juror may say about the hearings.  

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The 12-member grand jury heard evidence against Officer Wilson for months - abnormal in both the scope of evidence heard and the length of time for which it met. Prosecutors also gave grand jurors a list of possible charges to consider rather than seeking a specific one. The grand juror who is suing said in the court filing that the presentation of possible charges was “made in a muddled and untimely manner” compared with other cases that jurors had heard. 


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