Questions, Answers About Missouri Grand Juries
A grand jury is considering evidence to determine whether Officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch says it will be several weeks before a decision is made. According to Missouri law, a grand jury is made up of 12 people who “shall be selected at random from a fair cross-section of the citizens” of St. Louis County. Susan McGraugh, a professor at St. Louis University law school, says unlike a trial, where lawyers can object to having certain people on a jury, there is no role for objections inside a grand jury.
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