The Ferguson Farce: It’s Worse Than I Thought
December 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
I just watched Lawrence O’Donnell’s program aired last night on MSNBC. He presented a segment about the way an Assistant District Attorney advised the grand jury concerning the law pertinent to Daren Wilson’s killing of Michael Brown. He quotes excerpts from the transcript to show that the grand jury was given a copy of the Missouri statute stating the legal standard according to which Officer Wilson’s conduct should be judged.
The statututory standard in that statute was declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1985. It immunized a police officer for killing a person if the person was fleeing from the officer, regardless of the nature of the crime for which the officer was seeking to arrest the person.
Weeks later, the Assistant D.A., as the grand jury was finishing its deliberations, handed the grand jury a copy of the current applicable statute. She did not tell them the reason why the statutory standard which had governed their judgment during the previous several weeks had been declared unconstitutional. She just left them to figure it out.
Here is a link to O’Donnell’s presentation of this evidence of prosecutorial misconduct: Ferguson Farce
I urge you to watch it. There was never a chance for justice for Michael Brown. The grand jury unwittingly applied a law declared unjust and unconstitutional thirty-seven years ago.