Protests hit Lincoln federal building

Lincoln is a college town. That sorta tells it all. We had protestors at the Federal Building yesterday over the mess in Ferguson.

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I’m not sure, but I think the Lincoln protestors were chanting, “No Justice, No Lattes.”

That scared me.

But I won’t be intimidated. They will have to wrench my Birkenstocks from my cold, dead feet.

RGK 

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Two questions for Jeff Gamso, Scott Greenfield and others with like experience

I have a lot of respect for Jeff Gamso and Scott Greenfield. I also have two questions for them. Others with like experience should chime in as well. But before I ask those questions, I urge you to read Close Your Eyes and Pretend Really Hard from Jeff and The Ferguson Lie from Scott.

I have absolutely no experience with grand juries except to the extent that I have picked several of them as the Chief Judge, I have compelled testimony before grand juries and extended immunity in doing so, and I regularly took grand jury returns when I was a magistrate judge. But, I have never represented a client before a grand jury, and I have never been a prosecutor who has presented evidence before a grand jury. I know next to nothing about the standards prosecutors typically employ at the federal level when deciding to seek an indictment before a grand jury.

With the foregoing by way of introduction, I ask Jeff and Scott and others with similar experiences the following two questions:

1.  Is the failure of the Missouri grand jury to indict Mr. Wilson (a) a godsend for Attorney General Holder or (b) a curse for Attorney General Holder?

2.  If you were a “straight up” federal prosecutor, would you seek a federal indictment of Mr. Wilson?

Jeff and Scott and others experienced in this area have absolutely no obligation to answer my questions. But inquiring minds want to know.

RGK

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