Society & Culture
Leid Stories - 10/20/14
The Irony Vote In Washington, D.C.; Sharpton Mines the Dead for Votes
Ferguson On Edge; Locals Await Grand Jury Decision In Brown Case
Early voting begins today in Washington, D.C., and turnout is expected to be high as the district votes for a mayor, its first attorney general in the district, seven council seats, a council chair, and a referendum on legalizing marijuana possession.
There’ll be no congressional candidates listed on the ballot because Washington, D.C.—the nation’s capital, the seat of democracy—does not have a House or Senate seat.
Meanwhile, the Rev. Al Sharpton is employing a new gimmick in his Democratic Party gig to “bring souls to the polls.” Even for him, it sets a new low—using the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner to convince Blacks that their votes for Democratic candidates will end police brutality.
Today marks two months to the day that St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCullough began presenting evidence to a grand jury in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson to determine whether Wilson should be charged with any crimes.
Leaks from the grand jury were suggesting that it was likely not to indict. Still more leaks said a decision would soon be announced, although McCullough had gotten two extensions for the grand jury’s term, ending in early November. Either way, Ferguson tensely awaits a decision.
Leid Stories returns to the legal issues it has raised about the case.
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