FERGUSON, Missouri – When you’ve got something to say, sometimes you just have to speak up. A grand juror in the Michael Brown-Darren Wilson case wants to speak freely, and is taking the case to court.
This all comes after former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was not indicted for shooting and killing unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in August 2014.
A new lawsuit filed Monday against prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch may lift the gag order jurors have been under.
In the lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, ‘Grand Juror Doe’ believes speaking about the case “could contribute to the current public dialogue concerning race relations.”
The unnamed juror is accusing McColloch of mischaracterizing the grand jury process, and feels there was a significant difference in handling the case from other grand jury cases.
The ACLU says “the First Amendment prevents the state from imposing a life-time gag order in cases where the prosecuting attorney has purported to be transparent.”
This whole case of free speech seems to be an ongoing issue that comes with a pretty hefty price.