The American grand jury system was set up so that in the most fair way possible, Americans can enjoy the fruits of a just legal system. Â That means that the deliberations of the bodies built of citizens who decide whether or not there is enough evidence to charge someone with a crime are confidential. Â No one, then, has a vested interest in the outcome of any one case. Â That’s the way the system works and always has.
Now, one of the members of the grand jury that found there was no bill – not enough evidence – to charge Darren Wilson, a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri at the time, with any sort of a crime in the shooting death of Michael Brown, a 300 pound eighteen year old man who was charging at him when the shooting occurred, wants the lifetime confidentiality of the grand jury deliberations lifted.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the lawsuit Monday on behalf of an unnamed juror in Missouri. The grand jury heard from about 60 witnesses over three months before deciding not to indict officer Darren Wilson.
The original article, which has been updated, indicated that this was a one-time request specifically for this case. Â That information is no longer on the webpage. Â However, this is:
The lawsuit also questions St. Louis County District Attorney Bob McCullochâ€™s characterization â€œthat all grand jurors believed that there was no support for any charges.â€
Uh-huh. Â No motive or reason why any grand juror from this specific case would be suing for the lifetime gag order was mentioned, but things being what they are in America, most thinking people commenting on Facebook came to the same conclusion. Â Bet you did, too. Â And the ACLU is providing the cover. Â Fabulous. Â (Never mind that any number of other people’s civil rights will be violated if that gag order is lifted.)
We’ll see where this one goes. Â The argument being made is that this part of the system is not transparent. Â Funny that no one noticed until now.