Several Outcomes Possible From Grand Jury, DOJ Investigations in Michael Brown Case
August 21, 2014 4:49 AM
FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) - Several scenarios could come from the dual investigations in the Michael Brown case.
CBS News Legal Analyst Jack Ford says the St. Louis County grand jury will consider probable cause, which could result in charges ranging from murder to manslaughter. But it could also decide not to indict.
Ford says the Justice Department, however, could consider civil charges, and not just against officer Darren Wilson.
“The Justice Department can also take a look at an entire department and say there are problems here,” he says. “There are infrastructure problems, policy problems, whatever they might find.”
Concerning the task of the county grand jury, Ford thinks they have a difficult task ahead, mainly because of conflicting witness testimony.
“Eye witness testimony is no longer the gold standard that we used to think it was,” he says.