Ferguson Prosecutor: I Knew Witnesses Lied To The Grand Jury

St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announces the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year old, on Monday, ... St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announces the grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year old, on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, at the Buzz Westfall Justice Center in Clayton, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Cristina Fletes-Boutte, Pool) MORE LESS
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St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch told a St. Louis radio station on Friday that he knew some of the witnesses who testified before the Ferguson grand jury were lying.

In an interview flagged by BuzzFeed, McCulloch told radio station KTRS that he allowed the witnesses to testify because he wanted to present as much testimony as possible.

The grand jury eventually decided not to indict white Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.

“I thought it was much more important to present everything and everybody, and some that, yes, clearly were not telling the truth,” McCulloch told the radio station. “No question about it.”

McCulloch returned to the point several times, describing at least one witness who “clearly wasn’t present when this occurred.”

“Witness 40” submitted diary entries containing racist remarks that later appeared to have been fabricated after the fact. There is evidence the person lied about witnessing the shooting by piecing together information based on the officer’s already-published account, according to a report by The Smoking Gun.

McCulloch said he had no plans to pursue perjury charges against the witnesses, however.

“There were people who came in and yes, absolutely lied under oath,” he said. “Some lied to the FBI. Even though they’re not under oath, that’s another potential offense — a federal offense.”

“I thought it was much more important to present the entire picture and say, ‘Listen, this is what this witness says he saw,'” he added.

Before he announced the decision on Nov. 24, McCulloch faced scrutiny and some criticism from the Brown family and former prosecutors, both for his personal history and approach toward presenting evidence to the grand jury.

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  1. St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch told a St. Louis radio station
    on Friday that he knew some of the witnesses who testified before the
    Ferguson grand jury were lying.

    Wouldn’t that be suborning perjury?

  2. At the very least, McCulloch violated the Bar Code of Ethics. Wonder if the Missouri Bar is going to open an investigation?

  3. I can’t rely just on witnesses, of course I brought liars in to offer “evidence”. How else would I fill the chamber with white noise?

  4. “Listen, this is what the witness says she saw”

    No you idiot. She was NOT a witness. What she said she saw should never have been presented to the grand jury.

  5. This guy is living proof of why people are justified in distrusting the judicial system.

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