Incitatus

High Horse of Caligula's Senate. Be Jealous.

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This level of conflict of interest is massively unsurprising.

This is horrifying. The worst of Chicago politics migrated south to St. Louis.

Extremely. While we think of Chicago and New York as the most corrupt, we tend to forget our own local politics. This problem is wide spread in every city/county/state. 

There is no way to escape it until we all become aware of this problem. And then when we are aware, we have to organize and attack the problem by its roots. 

Oh my god

Kind of want to point out something about Prosecutor McCollough helping to release that convenience store video since I have some education in how the court system works in the US. There is no way that video would ever meet the light of day in any reputable court room. In order for evidence to be relevant, it has to prove some fact of the case more or less probable. It has been established that Officer Wilson didn’t know about the robbery, so the only thing it could possibly be used as evidence for is trying to establish that Michael Brown has a “criminal” character, which is not allowed. It is clearly prejudicial evidence and such establishment of a vaguely defined character in court can’t be used to prove that on a different occasion the person in question acted in accordance with this character trait. There are rules put in place specifically to prohibit these “smear” campaigns from clouding and warping the case. For these reasons, the video of Michael Brown in the convenience store would never be seen by the jury in the case of Darren Wilson v State of Missouri. I know this after taking part in educational programs concerning law, and the Prosecutor definitely knows this after, presumably, getting a degree. This means that the only reason the Prosecutor would possibly agree to and aid the release of that video is if he was actively working against his own case and wanted to contaminate the jury pool and attempt to sway public opinion.

Filed under long law ferguson just thought i should mention this since most people don't really know what evidence is actually permissable in a trial