Ferguson juror attempting to sue over gag order
One member of the famed Ferguson jury that decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown last year, sued on Monday for the right to talk about the case publicly. The federal suit filed on Monday names St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch as the defendant, because he would be the person to bring charges against a grand jury member who violated the gag order. The gag order is scheduled to last for a “lifetime.” The juror is being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union field office in Missouri. The juror is identified in court documents as “Grand Juror Doe.”
The plaintiff desires to talk about the experience serving on the panel, in order to continue the national discussion on race relations. It is a crime, however, for members of a grand jury to speak out without permission from a court. McCulloch announced in November that the jury would not indict Wilson, who shot the unarmed Brown, 18, at least six times after a confrontation in the St. Louis suburb on Aug. 9. Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, faced criticism for declining to replace McCulloch, whose police officer father was fatally shot in the line of duty, with a special prosecutor to oversee the case. READ MORE….
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