Ferguson Grand Juror Sues Prosecutor for ‘Inaccurate’ Characterization of Grand Jury’s Decision
One of the members of the grand jury that opted not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson has sued St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch over his handling of the case.
The anonymous grand juror claims that McCulloch’s “public characterization” of the grand jury members does not reflect the views of the grand jury.
“In [the grand juror’s] view, the current information available about the grand jurors’ views is not entirely accurate – especially the implication that all grand jurors believed that there was no support for any charges,” says the lawsuit, according to St. Louis Public Radio. “Moreover, the public characterization of the grand jurors’ view of witnesses and evidence does not accord with [Doe’s] own.”
The lawsuit calls for an injunction that would allow the anonymous grand juror to publicly discuss the case.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri is representing the juror.
The lawsuit also alleges that the legal standards of the investigation into Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown were “muddled” and presented in an “untimely” fashion.
“From [the grand juror’s] perspective, the investigation of Wilson had a stronger focus on the victim than in other cases presented to the grand jury,” the lawsuit says.
The lawsuit claims that First Amendment rights outweigh the secrecy rules that prevent grand jurors from discussing their cases, especially given how many grand jury documents McCulloch has released.
“From [Doe’s] perspective, although the release of a large number of records provides an appearance of transparency, with heavy redactions and the absence of context, those records do not portay the proceedings before the grand jury,” the lawsuit says.