As we all intensely await the Ferguson shooting grand jury’s decision on whether or not Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will be criminally charged for the fatal shooting of Mike Brown on August 9th, there’s reportedly been a leak. The LA Times is reporting that the leak is not coming from the grand jurors. In a prepared statement, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch defended the integrity of this grand jury’s work and said that to suggest otherwise is “wrong, irresponsible and does a great disservice to the public.”
The alleged leaked details were favorable to Wilson’s account of the shooting, prompting a strongly worded statement last week from the U.S. Justice Department that “there seems to be an inappropriate effort to influence public opinion about this case.” McCulloch said his office investigated one accusation that surfaced on Twitter, involving a woman who allegedly said she knew a juror who told her there wasn’t enough evidence to “warrant an arrest” of Wilson. McCulloch said the investigation showed the person’s Twitter account was hacked, adding that “the origin/author of the tweet is unknown. The owner of the account has no connection with any member of the grand jury.”
In recent weeks, local protesters and officials as prominent as U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. have been upset over leaked information appearing in media reports, including what witnesses said in front of the grand jury, whose workings are supposed to be confidential. Those reports cited unnamed officials who had been briefed on the investigation. (We watch “How To Get Away With Murder,” so we know how juror members can be dismissed for sharing information on their case. Annalise (Viola Davis) don’t play!
“As exasperating as I and others find the piecemeal release of information and documents, no information or evidence has been released by the grand jury, any individual juror or anyone associated with the grand jury,” McCulloch said. Whatever the case may be, one thing is for certain–we want them to hurry it up with this decision and stop letting a killer run free!