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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

"Judge denies request for new grand jury in Ferguson case"

The story is at Jurist:

A request to St. Louis County Judge Maura McShane for a new grand jury review of the case against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of teenager Michael Brown has been denied [press release]. The request was made early in January by the NAACP's Legal Defense and Educational Fund(LDF) [official website] after evidence was released [JURIST report] showing why the grand jury declined to indict Wilson. The LDF's request alleged that the initial grand jury trial was insufficient due to errors by Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch, including allowing a witness to provide false testimony and providing erroneous legal instructions to grand jurors. The letter [text, PDF] in response to the request, sent January 12, stated that the judge was prohibited from considering the request. The LDF announced their intention to seek further clarification into the matter.

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One of the witnesses who was allowed to testify was one who was not really present at the scene but said that Brown had his hands up and don't shoot. So, McCulloch allowed all the folks who had poisoned the well to testify and he would have been criticized had the hands up don't shoot witnesses been denied the witness stand.

Posted by: Liberty1st | Jan 21, 2015 8:36:45 PM

In other words, the prosecutor let the Grand Jurors hear from the persons, who were now under oath, who had been quoted in the newspapers and the mob. What is wrong with swearing in the mob and letting the Grand Jury see the lies first hand. The liars were cross examined. The prosecutor would be complained about on this blog and on the streets had he not let the Grand Jury hear the Hands Up Don't Shoot liars.

Posted by: Liberty1st | Jan 23, 2015 4:36:39 AM

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