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A Last Word investigation on the Darren Wilson grand jury

On the November 26th edition of The Last Word, host Lawrence O’Donnell begin asking critical questions concerning how prosecutors tasked with conducting proceedings with the Darren Wilson grand jury did their jobs - particularly on instructing jurors on the law regarding an officer’s use of deadly force. Those questions pertain largely to the legal framework for that investigation and a law given to jurors by the prosecution. That Missouri state law given to jurors by the prosecution, however, had been ruled unconstitutional by the federal Supreme Court in 1985.

O’Donnell’s questions to officials in Missouri include the following:

  • How many times has assistant district attorney Kathi Alizadeh submitted the wrong law to a grand jury as its legal framework for an investigation?
  • How many times has the District Attorney’s office submitted the wrong law to a grand jury as its legal framework for its investigation?
  • Is the Michael Brown case the first time the District Attorney’s office submitted the wrong law to a grand jury as the legal framework for its investigation?

Below, you can see both of O’Donnell’s reports on these critical questions.

November 26 

The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, 11/26/14, 10:40 PM ET

Shocking mistake in Darren Wilson grand jury

In the Rewrite, Lawrence looks at a major correction the assistant prosecutors had to make to the grand jury in the Michael Brown case.

December 3 

The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, 12/1/14, 10:02 PM ET

Should Ferguson see more resignations?

Darren Wilson resigned from the Ferguson police force. Lawrence asks if a big mistake in the grand jury should lead to another ouster. Kendall Coffey & John Burris join.

Darren Wilson, Ferguson and Michael Brown

A Last Word investigation on the Darren Wilson grand jury