The task of getting a grand jury to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would seem to be a stressful one for many prosecutors. That was the job St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch was charged with as many hoped Wilson would be charged and tried for killing 18-year-old Mike Brown in August. Obviously, McCulloch didn’t get the job done, as the grand jury elected to not indict Wilson. McCulloch’s involvement in this case is far from over. Some took issue with how he prosecuted the case and are taking legal action against him.
The first person taking McCulloch to task is one of the members of the Ferguson grand jury known as “Grand Juror Doe.” Traditionally, jurors are subject to a “gag order,” denying them the freedom to talk about the trial they served. This juror is suing McCulloch in an attempt to lift the gag order, because he or she feels that “the presentation of evidence to the grand jury investigating (Darren) Wilson differed markedly and in significant ways from how evidence was presented in the hundreds of matters presented to the grand jury earlier in its term.” The juror is out to prove that McCulloch presented the case in such a way that made Brown, not Wilson, the offender and also that the grand jury was not properly counseled on the law. The complaint can be viewed here.
Furthermore, a group of citizens and attorneys have filed a bar complaint against McCulloch as well as Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Kathi Alizadeh and Sheila Whirley for their handling of the Ferguson grand jury. Based on a review of the transcripts by attorney and former judge James R. Dowd and attorney Robert Ramsey, the group, led by founder of The Ethics Project, Christi Griffin filed an 11-page complaint with the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel in Jefferson City, Missouri.
More details on the bar complaint can be read here.