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    Re: Ferguson officer appears before grand jury on shooting of Michael Brown

    Quote Originally Posted by Excon View Post
    While I agree with the sentiment, I have no idea how you arrived at such underlined conclusions. For all we know it is exactly what his attorney wanted.
    Depends greatly on the situation, I doubt most attorneys would want someone to testify in front of the grand jury given how much media and government attention this case has drawn. Appearing before the grand jury can still put someone in a position of having to take the 5th on a challenging question, which may or may not be critical in the grand jury returning a charge.

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    Re: Ferguson officer appears before grand jury on shooting of Michael Brown

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    Sounds to me like Officer Wilson is an honorable man and regardless of attorney advice wanted to let his side of the story be told because he feels he acted appropriately.
    This is possible.

    It is also possible that he is dishonorable and felt that he could lie well enough in person to cover up an unnecessary killing.

    I cannot draw a conclusion based upon the fact that he testified.

    I would be very interested to hear WHAT he said and how it compares to objective forensic evidence and other witness testimony... but everything is secret right now.

    I can neither condemn nor support this man without some hard facts to scrutinize.

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    Re: Ferguson officer appears before grand jury on shooting of Michael Brown

    Quote Originally Posted by Excon View Post
    Ferguson officer appears before grand jury on shooting of Michael Brown

    By Robert Patrick rpatrick@ ~ ... and Kim Bell kbell@ ~ ...


    ST. LOUIS • Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson testified for almost four hours Tuesday in front of a St. Louis County grand jury investigating his Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, a source with knowledge of the investigation said Wednesday.

    Wilson was not obligated to testify, and also has spoken with St. Louis County investigators twice and federal investigators once, the source said. The source said that Wilson had been “cooperative.”

    [...]

    Ferguson officer appears before grand jury on shooting of Michael Brown : News


    Unlikely his attorney would have allowed him to testify if he thought charges were going to be brought.


    And for those who do not know. Dorian Johnson has already testified also.

    They're off to a good start with Officer Wilson spending 4 hours testifying, his side of the event has been told. Glad they are moving rather quickly in this, and continue to move forward.

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    Re: Ferguson officer appears before grand jury on shooting of Michael Brown

    Quote Originally Posted by JayDubya View Post
    This is possible.

    It is also possible that he is dishonorable and felt that he could lie well enough in person to cover up an unnecessary killing.

    I cannot draw a conclusion based upon the fact that he testified.

    I would be very interested to hear WHAT he said and how it compares to objective forensic evidence and other witness testimony... but everything is secret right now.

    I can neither condemn nor support this man without some hard facts to scrutinize.
    That's fair comment - my position is based on the fact that officers seldom testify unless compelled to do so and if they are subject officers almost never until the matter goes to trial after charges are laid. To preempt all that, particularly when his own legal counsel is not allowed to be present for the questioning, leads me to believe he's got nothing to hide. He could also be stupidly overconfident, but I'm inclined to believe otherwise.
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    Re: Grand Jury Reportedly hears from officer

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    Recording the entire hearing, so that they can release all information if he is not indicted. I find that interesting.. and.. again.. makes me think there is exculpatory evidence and they do not expect an indictment to be handed down.

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    Re: Ferguson officer appears before grand jury on shooting of Michael Brown

    Quote Originally Posted by tres borrachos View Post
    Is Dorian Johnson the kid who was with Brown in the store and on the street that night?
    I know another has already answered, but yes that is him.





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    Re: Ferguson officer appears before grand jury on shooting of Michael Brown

    Quote Originally Posted by OrphanSlug View Post
    Depends greatly on the situation, I doubt most attorneys would want someone to testify in front of the grand jury given how much media and government attention this case has drawn. Appearing before the grand jury can still put someone in a position of having to take the 5th on a challenging question, which may or may not be critical in the grand jury returning a charge.
    Of course, which is why this is unusual and more likely than not points to the Officer having nothing to hide.
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    Re: Ferguson officer appears before grand jury on shooting of Michael Brown

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    To preempt all that, particularly when his own legal counsel is not allowed to be present for the questioning, leads me to believe he's got nothing to hide. He could also be stupidly overconfident, but I'm inclined to believe otherwise.






    Quote Originally Posted by JayDubya View Post
    It is also possible that he is dishonorable and felt that he could lie well enough in person to cover up an unnecessary killing.
    Many a thing could be possible , yet some just are not likely, like the above.
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    Re: Ferguson officer appears before grand jury on shooting of Michael Brown

    Quote Originally Posted by CanadaJohn View Post
    That's fair comment - my position is based on the fact that officers seldom testify unless compelled to do so and if they are subject officers almost never until the matter goes to trial after charges are laid. To preempt all that, particularly when his own legal counsel is not allowed to be present for the questioning, leads me to believe he's got nothing to hide. He could also be stupidly overconfident, but I'm inclined to believe otherwise.
    I could be wrong, but believe his lawyer was present. But, otherwise I agree with you. There are so many things about this case that make me suspect they really do not expect charges to be brought. I realize that some will claim bias, but I suspect it is far more likely that they've seen thee vidnece and are just doing this as a show to help appease a certain part of the population.

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