When you’re on a jury, you cannot speak about the case you are considering with anyone outside of the jury. Though being on the jury for a big case can be exciting, you shouldn’t be dishing the latest developments to your friends. Apparently, a member of the jury reviewing the case of Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer that killed teenager Mike Brown, has been doing just that, causing a problem.
As you are probably well aware, Darren Wilson shot and killed Mike Brown in August on a Ferguson street causing a movement against police brutality and excessive force. People have been calling for Wilson’s arrest since the day it happened. The jury has been in session since August 20th. All investigations are reportedly over and a decision is expected by the end of the month.
However, Twitter users reported tweets sent from an account. The account claimed to be friends with one of the jurors and claimed that there is not enough evidence to warrant Wilson’s arrest. The account has also tweeted messages of support for Wilson. This is a big problem. As stated before, if details of the case were discussed outside of the courthouse, misconduct occurred and everything will have to start over.
Brown family attorney, Benjamin Crump (who also represented the family of Trayvon Martin) said, “If this allegation is true and there is a member of the grand jury who is discussing the case with a Darren Wilson supporters the appropriate thing for the prosecutor to do is impanel a new grand jury. If this person is discussing the case outside of the grand jury it is wholly inappropriate. It’s an issue of fairness for Michael Brown’s family.”