Thursday, November 27, 2014
Officer Wilson had a powerful case for self-defense under Missouri law [updated with thoughts on assessing a suspect's testimony before the grand jury] - The Washington Post
Officer Darren Wilson’s testimony before the Michael Brown grand jury developed a very strong case that he acted in self-defense under Missouri law. Wilson testified clearly that Brown was the “first aggressor” and that Wilson had a reasonable fear for his safety when he fired the fatal shot. Indeed, under Missouri law, the state would have had the burden at trial of disproving Wilson’s version beyond a reasonable doubt. As a result, unless there was significant evidence that Officer Wilson’s testimony was false (a point I plan to address in a future post), the grand jury got it absolutely right in declining to return an indictment.