The more I think and read about the grand jury proceedings in Ferguson, and the more I compare them to my 2 stints on NYS grand juries, the more I look toward the system and the Prosecutor as culprits. Had the normal procedure been followed, Wilson would more than likely have been indicted and have a fair trial where the evidence would have been laid out for all to see. With a petit jury he would have to be proven guilty BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT. All a grand jury needs to indict is reasonable cause to believe the accused MIGHT have done it.
According to the NYT, “Normally, a grand jury is led forcefully and selectively by a prosecutor seeking an indictment.” These were the situations both times I was on a grand jury. In my experiences the ADA’s selectively presented the evidence to GET INDICTMENTS and left out evidence that might have cleared the accused, EVEN AFTER WE ASKED FOR IT.
“But the gentle questioning of Officer Wilson revealed in the transcripts, and the sharp challenges prosecutors made to witnesses whose accounts seemed to contradict his narrative, have led some to question whether the process was as objective as Mr. McCulloch [Prosecutor] claims.”
“This grand jury decision we feel is a direct reflection of the sentiments of those who presented the evidence.” “If you present evidence to indict, you get an indictment. If you present evidence not to indict, you don’t get an indictment.”
Prosecutors always tell their grand jurors that they are but an arm of the prosecutors office, and not a trial jury. Apparently the prosecutor in this case reversed the situation.