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Ferguson grand jury faces questions of misconduct, nabbed by social media

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With their backs already against a wall, things just got a little tougher for a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., considering whether officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The St. Louis County prosecutor’s office is looking into possible juror misconduct after a message was posted on Twitter suggesting a member of the grand jury may have discussed the status of the case with a friend, The Washington Post reported.

“We are looking into the matter,” a spokesman for county prosecutor Robert McCulloch told the Post, saying they received a tip from another user on the social media site.

A writer for the far-left Daily Kos tweeted what he said was a screenshot of that message:

The message was posted from an account under the name Susan M. Nichols, and it said they “know someone sitting on the grand jury,” before adding that there is not enough evidence “to warrant an arrest” of Wilson.

Attempts to access the account returned the message: “Internal server error.”

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Protesters warned Ferguson authorities last month what to expect if Wilson does not face charges.

“Y’all better bring every army y’all got,” one protester said. “Cause it’s going down.”

Attorney Ben Crump, who represents the Brown Family, spoke about fairness when addressing the possibility of juror misconduct.

“If this allegation is true and there is a member of the grand jury who is discussing the case with a Darren Wilson supporter the appropriate thing for the prosecutor to do is impanel a new grand jury,” Crump said. “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.”

With protesters already unhappy with McCulloch as prosecutor and a mob rule mentality demanding an arrest regardless of what the evidence may show, the issue of fairness is sure to be weighing heavily on Darren Wilson’s mind also.

Tom Tillison


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