As the Ferguson frenzy continues, the new leader of the Congressional Black Caucus, who call themselves the “conscience of Congress”, has publicly encouraged the Grand Jury in St. Louis County, Missouri to indict the officer involved in the shooting of Mike Brown. G.K. Butterfield, (D) North Carolina, references his own career as a Federal Judge when he says to let “a jury of 12 from Missouri” determine the guilt or innocence of Darren Wilson.
Perhaps Rep. Butterfield has forgotten that the job of the Grand Jury is to determine if there is sufficient evidence to go to trial. They are not supposed to make a determination of guilt or innocence. Grand Juries indict or they do not based on the amount of evidence presented to them. The end.
It is the job of the Legislative Branch of the U.S. Government to avoid interference in matters pertaining to the Judicial Branch. Such a concept may seem foreign during the present era under President Obama’s phone and pen, but that is what the Constitution says. It is particularly concerning that a Legislator from North Carolina would dare interject himself into the Judicial process in Missouri. Perhaps it is time for those in all three branches of government to be reminded of the boundaries the Founders set forth and why.
Another question that nags while the race card is seemingly ever present: Why is there a Black Caucus? At the very least, should it not be the African American Caucus, to be politically correct? Is not defining a group of individuals based on race alone actually…racist? Is there a White Caucus? Asian? The Latino Caucus exists. Are the caucuses determined solely on race or do Christians, Jews, and Muslims all have the right to caucus on religious grounds? There is a women’s caucus, do men have one? Is it not enough to be Republican or Democrat? Why are our leaders continuing to divide themselves in these ways? Is legislation impacted by alliances formed in caucus?
These are the questions about which Legislators should be concerned. Not the decisions of a Grand Jury in a suburb in Missouri.
H/T: The Gateway Pundit