Missouri grand jurors are prohibited from talking about the Ferguson case, but one of the jurors who failed to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown wants to speak out, the Washington Post reported Monday. The jury member is suing and claims the prosecutor didn’t portray the case properly.
The unidentified juror wants to break the lifetime gag order, the Associated Press said. The member would be the first person to speak, if it happens, after the American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit. "Grand Juror Doe" claims St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch gave the grand jury “muddled” information.
"In [Doe]'s view, the current information available about the grand jurors' views is not entirely accurate -- especially the implication that all grand jurors believed that there was no support for any charges," the lawsuit says. "Moreover, the public characterization of the grand jurors' view of witnesses and evidence does not accord with [Doe]'s own."
Just as people around the nation are able to express their thoughts on the Michael Brown case, Grand Juror Doe does as well. "Right now there are only 12 people who can't talk about the evidence out there," ACLU attorney Tony Rothert said, according to the AP. "The people who know the most -- those 12 people are sworn to secrecy. What [Doe] wants is to be able to be part of the conversation."
The lawsuit specifies that it doesn’t want all grand jurors to be able to speak about their cases, but instead claims the Ferguson case is different because of the topics of race and police tactics that are involved. The Post says “Grand Juror Doe” has a solid First Amendment case.
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