After the grand jury in Ferguson, Mo. decided not to charge police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, many wondered about the legal precedent for such a decision. FiveThirtyEight reported this morning on just how rare it is for a grand jury not to indict someone given the evidence available: in 2010 (the most recent data available), 162,000 cases were pursued by U.S. attorneys, and just 11 failed to return indictments.
While the case against Wilson was in state court and not federal, the idea of a prosecutor failing to win an indictment in a case with this much evidence to support both sides of the argument is hard to fathom. While officer-involved shootings are often the exception to the rule of automatically receiving an indictment, clearly this is an exceptional case.
The National Bar Association believes that, indeed, there has been a gross miscarriage of justice here.