Tue. Feb 27th, 2024

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch. (photo: Cristina Fletes-Boutte/Reuters)

A member of the grand jury that declined to file criminal charges against former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown sued St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch Monday for the right to speak publicly about the proceedings.

The suit says that the former juror, identified in court documents only as “Grand Juror Doe,” wishes to speak out to challenge public misconceptions about the case and that speaking publicly could “contribute to the current public dialogue concerning race relations” that was sparked by the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of Brown. It hints that jurors were not unanimous in their decision not to charge Wilson. Doe also wants “to advocate for legislative change to the way grand juries are conducted in Missouri,” the suit says.

The suit, filed in federal court in St. Louis, asks a judge to rule unconstitutional the Missouri law that would criminalize any of Doe’s comments “about Doe’s experiences as a state grand juror” and bar McCulloch from prosecuting Doe.

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