ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Missouri Court of Appeals tells a grand juror in the Michael Brown case not to talk about what happened inside the proceedings.
The unidentified juror wanted to go public with claims of misconduct by St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. McCulloch says the ruling maintains the long-established secrecy of grand jury proceedings.
“In the United State Supreme Court on down they recognize the importance, the paramount importance, that what goes on in the grand jury, for a number of reasons, is confidential and needs to remain confidential,” he says.
McCulloch says the secrecy of grand jury proceedings helps witnesses testify without restraint, or interference from the accused. Also, he says the secrecy protects the accused from negative publicity in cases where a grand jury does not issue charges.
The ACLU of Missouri, which represented Grand Juror Doe, has the option of refiling the case before the Missouri Supreme Court.