Ferguson Prosecutor: Grand Jury Witnesses Lied

Bob McCulloch says he does not plan to pursue perjury charges
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 20, 2014 11:35 AM CST
Ferguson Prosecutor: Grand Jury Witnesses Lied
St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announces the grand jury's decision on Nov. 24.   (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cristina Fletes-Boutte, Pool)

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch has offered some surprising revelations to radio station KTRS about the grand jury proceedings in the Michael Brown case—namely that he knows some of the witnesses he put on the stand lied. "Clearly, some were not telling the truth," he said, adding that he had no plans to file perjury charges. "There were people who came in and, yes, absolutely lied under oath." McCulloch says he decided from the start to allow anyone who claimed to be a witness to testify, and to let the jurors assess their credibility. He referred in particular to one witness, saying, "this lady clearly wasn't present" when the shooting occurred. And yet she testified that she saw Brown charge officer Darren Wilson, parroting what she read in the newspaper, he said.

That seems to be Witness No. 40, aka Sandra McElroy, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. (The Smoking Gun previously reported on the inconsistencies in her story and on her "history of making racist remarks.") BuzzFeed has a breakdown of some of McCulloch's more controversial statements in the interview. Meanwhile, a state lawmaker has called for a "thorough and aggressive examination" of McCulloch's handling of the grand jury, reports CBS Local. "Many St. Louis area residents believe—and there is at least some evidence to suggest—that Mr. McCullough manipulated the grand jury process from the beginning to ensure that Officer Wilson would not be indicted," writes Rep. Karla May to a state Senate panel. (More Michael Brown stories.)

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