Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Prosecutor Robert McCulloch’s use of the grand jury to whitewash Officer Daren Wilson’s execution of Michael Brown behind a veil of secrecy is failing miserably and he deserves to bear the consequences for his perversion of justice.
One of the fundamental principles of our system of justice is the right to confront our accusers in a public trial by cross examining them vigorously.
Effective cross examination exposes biases, prejudices and the liars.
Witnesses who testify before a grand jury are rarely cross examined.
Prosecutors and grand juries go together like peanut butter and jelly. Prosecutors point and grand juries accuse.
Here is an example of the tough questions the assistant prosecutor asked Officer Darren Wilson.
Q: Okay, and you say something to them, did they say something to you first?
A: No. You want me to just go with the whole thing?
Q: Sure, go ahead. Let’s start there.
[GJ, Vol.V p. 207]
Go ahead and tell your story, what happened next, and then what did you do? are not are not cross examination.
Here is an example of cross examination.
You just told the members of the grand jury a few minutes ago at Volume V, page 202:
Q: Okay. Did you get any other calls between the time of the sick baby call and your interaction with Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson?
A: While on the sick case call, a call came out for a stealing in progress from the local market on West Florissant, that the suspects traveling toward QT. I didn’t hear the entire call, I was on my portable radio, which isn’t exactly the best. I did hear that a suspect was wearing a black shirt and that a box of Cigarillos was stolen.
Q: And this was your call or you just heard the call?
A: It was not my call. I heard the call.
A: Yes, that is what I said.
Q: And you were under oath when you said that, right?
Q: And you are as certain about that as you are the rest of your testimony today, is that correct?
Q: But you told your Sergeant, your direct supervisor, just a few minutes after the shooting that you were not aware of that call and you repeated that to him several times after that during the days after the shooting, didn’t you?
If he admits making the statement, you stare him down until he looks away and then cross your arms and turn your back to the witness for at least 2 minutes until the silence is screaming.
Then you commence the death by a thousand cuts that is the hallmark of every great cross examiner.
If he denies making the statement multiple times to his Sergeant, you put the sergeant on the stand to impeach him.
None of this happened.
And now everyone knows that Robert McCulloch used the grand jury to protect Darren Wilson.
They are marked men. Don’t ever let them forget it.