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The Missouri grand jury that began considering evidence today in the police killing of an unarmed man won’t decide whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson until October “at the earliest,” a spokesman for the local prosecutor said.
The Clayton, Missouri grand jury was empaneled in May, said Edward Magee, spokesman for prosecutor Bob McCulloch. He said that the process of presenting evidence will last until October.
They're hoping by dragging their feet it will give the impression that they're combing through every detail with a fine-toothed comb and that an 'October Surprise' event will put this incident on the back burner.
I understand how the GJ process works. Not sure what evidence they don't already have. Seems pretty cut and dried to me. They just need to determine if there was just cause for the shooting or not.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
a reply to: Bilk22
Its not a jury rendering a verdict.
The grand jury hears evidence of the crime and determines if its enough to return an indictment (enough evidence to sustain the charge).
Secondly Grand Juries, at least in ST. Louis county, are assembled for a specific period of time. I wanna say the grand jury being used now is close to it being the end of their term.
Their decision is not guilt or innocence, its A- Yes there is enough evidence to indict or B - No, the evidence in question does not support the charges.
Also, contrary to what we see on tv, forensic evidence can take some time to process. People also need to keep in mind that by allowing all facts / evidence to come to light can prevent the charges from being dropped. Once you charge someone, and witnesses are sworn in, jeopardy is attached. That means if the charge is dismissed based on lack of evidence, filing new charges will be extremely difficult if not impossible.