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    “Anonymous” says there will be no #Ferguson indictment

    “Anonymous” says there will be no #Ferguson indictment

    Based on alleged inside sources, claims police, National Guard preparing for unrest, imposition of martial law

    A group purporting to be part of “Anonymous” claims that it has insider information from two independent sources with knowledge of relevant secret internal police communications that Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the killing of Michael Brown.

    It further reports that this non-indictment is to be made public on or before November 10, 2014, and both regional law enforcement and the Missouri National Guard are being prepared for widespread civil unrest.  (A PDF of the post is embedded below, or it you prefer, the Pastebin file is here.)(h/t Gateway Pundit).

    I confess to no great familiarity with Anonymous, and I certainly share the expectation that there will be no indictment of Officer Wilson (on what evidence?), but I also feel obliged to note that I find the overall tone of the post to be lacking in credibility.

    For one thing, more than half of the post is spent not discussing the evidence on which the Grand Jury might be basing it’s decision–indeed, evidence is not mentioned at all–but rather is devoted to discussion of Wilson personally in the period following the shooting of Mike Brown. Claiming, for example, that he still lives in the area, that he has just closed on a home, that his girlfriend is newly pregnant with their first child, that he has changed his appearance.  None of that could have the slightest relevance in the grand jury’s considerations.

    They also engage in a personal discussion about the woman known as “Josie” who made a notable call into a talk radio show in defense of Wilson early on the Ferguson kerfuffle, and purport to be continuing to “gather information on this person.”  Again, wholly irrelevant to the Grand Jury’s considerations.

    Second, they repeatedly refer to the shooting death of Mike Brown as a “murder.”  This is simply inflammatory nonsense.  Not even the Grand Jury would make that determination, which can be made only following either Wilson pleading guilty to that charge or the jury returning a verdict of guilty on that charge.

    With that cautionary and skeptical note, I suppose it’s nevertheless “news,” so here it is:

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    Humphrey's Executor | October 28, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    The utter lack of evidence to support as conviction didn’t prevent Zimmerman from being charged. (But Fla doesn’t offer the safeguard, such as it is, of a GJ)

      MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to Humphrey's Executor. | October 28, 2014 at 3:41 pm

      It helps if you actually know what you are talking about.
      Florida does indeed have GJs. In both states going to a GJ is optional, with about half of the cases going to the GJ. In both cases the more serious the crime the more likely to go to a GJ.

        Ragspierre in reply to MouseTheLuckyDog. | October 28, 2014 at 4:21 pm

        Now, now…play nice. You’re right, of course.

        THE difference is in the integrity of the DA. I don’t agree that there was NO evidence against Zimmerman, though it got a lot more thin as you went up the scale of criminality.

        I do think that the decision to prosecute…especially on the charge…was too tainted by politics in Florida.

        AND I have not heard from any official that Wilson will be no-billed, so we could all be surprised yet.

          Bruce Hayden in reply to Ragspierre. | October 28, 2014 at 4:30 pm

          I think in the Zimmerman case, that it was significant that the DA did not take the case to the grand jury, which is apparently standard there for 2nd Degree Murder (and therefore including manslaughter), but instead indicted through information. And, then, in their Information, ignored significant exonerating evidence, and included stuff in the Information that was likely known at the time to be false (in particular the claimed bias or discrimination by Zimmerman that provided the depraved mind element of 2nd Degree murder).

            Gremlin1974 in reply to Bruce Hayden. | October 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm

            Actually it was even worse than that. The original DA and the Police Chief both said there was not enough evidence to charge Zimmerman. It was only after the Police Chief was mysteriously fired and replaced and a “special prosecutor” brought in that Zimmerman was charged. Even after all of that they knew that a GJ would no-bill Zimmerman so they had to charge him through “Affidavit of evidence” (not sure if this is right), that was so full of lies that even Alan Dershowitz (sp?) got on national TV and said it was negligent.

          didn’t it go to GJ and they refused then DA office stepped?
          or was it DA refused to take to GJ?
          cannot remember.

    Exiliado | October 28, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    An indictment would be a travesty of justice.

    But given the current trends within our justice system, I would really really not be surprised.
    Outraged? Yes.
    But not surprised.

      amwick in reply to Exiliado. | October 28, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      The GJ are private citizens, so I have faith that there will be no bill handed down. I think they saw photos of Officer Wilson’s bloody face. Just like GZ’s head.

        mariner in reply to amwick. | October 28, 2014 at 5:47 pm

        Exactly. The GJ are private citizens, who live in or near the community. They’re probably smart enough to know what will happen (riots) if they return a “no true bill”.

        In addition, at least some of them may have a rational fear for their personal safety if they refuse to indict; someone would leak their personal information (and of course suffer no consequences of breaking the law by doing so).

    Anon is getting sloppy.professional agitator Shaun King had this last week.

    Char Char Binks | October 30, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Holder needs to do his job and find out who “Anonymous” are and prosecute them for this threat on Wilson’s life. They did everything but pin a target on him.

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