- “This process is broken. The process should be indicted. It should be indicted because of the continuous, systematic result that is yielded by this process,” said Benjamin Crump, Michael Brown Family Attorney.
- Part 1: Everything the Darren Wilson grand jury got wrong
- Part 2: Ferguson grand jury’s huge mistake: What the transcripts reveal about eyewitness testimony
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Part 1: Everything the Darren Wilson grand jury got wrong
- The lies, errors and mistruths that let Michael Brown’s killer off the hook
- The prosecutor's document dump was designed for transparency. It shows how transparently flawed the process was.
Paul Rosenberg, Salon
St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office photo shows Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson photo taken shortly after August 9, 2014 shooting of Michael Brown, presented to the grand jury and made available on November 24, 2014. (Credit: Reuters)
Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 |The fix was in from the moment Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown. Data is sketchy and incomplete, but police shoot scores of unarmed blacks every year, and rarely face significant consequences, so why should why shouldn’t Wilson get away with murder? Still, at least giving the appearance of justice for all, and requiring Wilson to stand trial hardly seemed too much to ask—unless, of course, you were St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who defended Wilson and attacked his accusers, the media and social media in a night-time press conference Monday that seemed perfectly timed and perfectly toned to elicit the most angry, unfocused and uncontrolled response possible.
As part of his theatre of openness and impartiality, however, McCulloch included a document dump which may have been intended to be overwhelming, and therefore ignored, but which has already proven sufficient to undermine McCulloch’s ludicrous posture of legal rectitude.
Paul Rosenberg is a California-based writer/activist, senior editor for Random Lengths News, and a columnist for Al Jazeera English.
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Part 2: Ferguson grand jury’s huge mistake: What the transcripts reveal about eyewitness testimony
A look at the investigation transcript illuminates a hugely problematic fact: This testimony cannot be trusted.
Paul Campos, Salon
St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch. (Credit: MSNBC)
Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014 | To read through the transcripts of the Ferguson grand jury investigation of the shooting of Michael Brown is to be reminded of how unreliable eyewitness testimony often is. We know a great deal of this testimony must be unreliable, because it’s so contradictory on so many key points.
In particular, in regard to what, from a legal perspective, is the single most important question in the case, various witnesses tell critically different stories. That question is whether Brown was running away from, or charging toward, or slowly staggering in the direction of, Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot at him 12 times, hitting him with seven bullets.
Paul Campos is a professor of law at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
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