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Ferguson Grand Jury decides not to Indict Darren Wilson for Michael Brown shooting

In the wake of the Ferguson Missouri Grand Jury's return of a No True Bill of Indictment against Police Officer Darren Wilson, there are many questions about the role of a Grand Jury.

Every suspect has a Constitutional right to have their felony presented to a Grand Jury. It is not a "dodge" by a prosecutor, or a technicality or a loophole or an avoidance of a decision to charge someone. The role of a Grand Jury is to determine if there is enough probable cause to bring charges. The prosecutor serves the Grand Jury as a legal adviser. The proceedings are typically done in secret. The identity of the Grand Jurors is also not public. The defendant is of course not required to testify. The Grand Jurors conduct their own inquisition - much like a detective does - and has the power to compel evidence by subpoena. Witnesses - both fact and expert - are under oath but not subject to cross examination. Evidence in the way of documents, photos or other items (such as audio, bullets, guns, clothing etc) are submitted for review. After reviewing all evidence, they can come back with an Indictment for one or more crimes or decline to indict, which is called a "No True Bill".

Here is a link to the Washington Post that has evidence heard by the Ferguson Missouri Grand Jury, including Officer Darren Wilson's testimony.

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