Ferguson Prosecutor Likely to Be Investigated
January 6, 2015 10:54am PST
The NAACP has sent a letter to Missouri Judge Maura McShane, imploring her to investigate Ferguson prosecutor Bob McCulloch and his team for misconduct. McCulloch came under fire after a grand jury chose not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Many Brown supporters believe that McCulloch acted with concerning partiality towards Wilson, which is highly unusual for a prosecutor. These claims were furthered by Al Sharpton’s involvement after the grand jury decision was released, which likely spurred the NAACP’s letter to McShane. If she takes the bait, it could mean that Wilson’s legal battle is far from over.
Under Missouri state law, McShane does have the authority to investigate McCulloch and appoint a new prosecutor to take on Wilson’s case. Think Progress points out that such a move would effectively restart the case against Wilson for killing Michael Brown.
A group of experts was assembled by the NAACP to review the grand jury transcripts in depth. After being “struck by the deeply unfair manner in which the proceedings were conducted,” they have cited three areas of particular concern in their letter:
- McCulloch and his team “knowingly presented false witness testimony to the grand jury,” which he admitted during a radio interview on December 19. Specifically, a woman was allowed to testify as an eyewitness who was clearly not present at the time of the shooting.
- Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Kathi Alizadeh “presented incorrect and misleading statements of law to the grand jury and sanctioned unlawful juror practices.” Alizadeh distributed copies of a Missouri statute to the grand jury, which was contravened by a Supreme Court decision 30 years earlier.
- McCulloch repeatedly advocated for Darren Wilson’s version of the shooting during court proceedings.
Although McCulloch’s conduct in court certainly appeared odd for a prosecutor, it begins to make sense when you consider the entire scope of events surrounding the Michael Brown narrative. A mountain of evidence from the start of the case made it apparent early on that the shooting was justified, but because of the nationwide race riots, a case against Wilson was brought in an effort to ease the racial tensions stoked by Obama and his ilk. Without the widespread outrage, there would have been no grand jury trial to begin with. Authorities like McCulloch were far better acquainted with the evidence of the case than those who rioted in the streets at the behest of Al Sharpton and Attorney General Eric Holder. Therefore, the prosecutor saw no other side of the story that what the tangible evidence pointed to, as any logical man would.
Share this report if you still stand with Darren Wilson, despite an incessant effort from the race-baiting left to ruin him.
Written by Jodi Swan
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