The grand jury drama continues to play out in Ferguson, Missouri as the deadline for the time it can meet expired last week but has now been extended until January 17, 2015. The extension does not mean that it will take the grand jury until next year to issue or reject a criminal indictment in the case of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson who according to several witnesses gun downed an unarmed Michael Brown who had surrendered with his hands up empty and in the air when he was fatally shot by Wilson.
If the grand jury refuses to indict Officer Darren Wilson, there is a fear that the Ferguson rebellion will escalate once again. While the mainstream media is focusing on the NFL and domestic violence, protests have continued in Ferguson with some protesters engaging in several actions to shut down local and interstate highways demanding that Governor Jay Nixon appointment a special prosecutor.
The grand jury is made up of 12 people selected from the county’s jury pool and is meeting in secret about once per week to hear evidence. Upon completion of the process, the grand jury will decide whether criminal charges are warranted and hand down an indictment against Officer Darren Wilson who has been in hiding ever since the killing. It will take nine votes to indict the killer cop, which would if obtained, send the case to the courts to be tried publicly.
The point of frustration among many protesters with St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch, is that among other things, he could have taken the case forward without a grand jury indictment by filing a complaint that would have first gone to a public preliminary hearing whereas a judge would decide if based on the merits, there would be a criminal trial. Ed Magee, the spokesperson for the prosecutor confirmed on Monday that it is unusual that the prosecutor’s office is not asking the grand jury to endorse a criminal charge already filed.
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