Attorney: Legal process in Michael Brown shooting may take awhile

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by Steve Savard / News 4 and Dan Greenwald / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 18 at 7:04 PM

(KMOV.com) – A local attorney tells News 4 it may take some time before a grand jury decides whether or not to charge officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, Jr.

“The more complex the case, the longer it will take,” Chet Pleban said.

Pleban said he understands the public’s frustration but said grand jury proceedings often take time.

“The grand jury doesn’t meet every day of the week, they have regular jobs,” Pleban said.

A grand jury is different from a trial jury. The goal is not to decide guilt or innocence, but only to determine whether criminal charges will be filed. Jurors can ask questions with no interference from a judge. It only takes nine affirmative votes to approve charges.

Pleban said he believes St. Louis County Bob McCulloch wants a quick decision, but is working hard to be careful.

“I think what he’s trying to do is expedite the process without risking the viability of the process. So, without risking the evidence being presented, he’s trying to do this as quickly as he can.”

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