Letters to the Editor

Ferguson prosecutor undermined his case

Re the Nov. 25 article Tears, then violence: The issue is not protest violence. It is the unusual nature of the Ferguson grand jury.

A grand jury proceeding isn’t held to determine the guilt or innocence of the person suspected of committing a crime. It only determines if a crime has possibly been committed so that charges are filed. Normally a prosecutor presents only the basic facts of the case to a grand jury, with no requirement to offer any evidence in defense of the accused.

This prosecutor, however, did everything possible to prevent an indictment. This grand jury has chosen in secret to not indict. There will be no legal public hearing, jury selection, presentation of evidence or statements under oath challenged in an open court of law.

Instead a secret proceeding, by unidentified jurors, who haven’t been subject to an open jury selection process, have decided the innocence of the accused without trial.

Twelve shots fired by Officer Darren Wilson at an unarmed youth and no possibility of a crime exists? Now we will never know.

Carl Buehler, Plantation