Prof. Ferguson on the Diane Rehm Show, in Houston Chronicle, and in US News
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
UDC Law Prof. Andrew Ferguson was on the Diane Rehm Show today on WAMU to talk about the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury process and decision. Also on the show were Ronald Hosko president, Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund and former Assistant Director of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division; Julie Bosman reporter, The New York Times; Sherrilyn Ifill president and director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund and Walter Olson senior fellow, the Cato Institute Center for Constitutional Studies. See SHOW
Prof. Ferguson's remarks on that show were then quoted by Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg. She wrote:
"The unfairness here is it seems like Darren Wilson got the gold-plated grand jury, where most Americans get the aluminum foil version, or something, maybe tin, but nothing gold-plated," Andrew Ferguson, an associate professor of law at the University of the District of Columbia School of Law, told NPR's Diane Rehm on her radio show Tuesday.
In a perfect world, the professor said when I followed up with him, everyone should have the gold-plated grand jury.
"What feels frustrating and what was bringing out the tension in Ferguson was the sense that only Darren Wilson got it, and everyone else didn't. And certainly people of color in that jurisdiction were not getting it," said Ferguson, who is the author of "Why Jury Duty Matters: A Citizen's Guide to Constitutional Action."
See Houston Chronicle STORY
Prof. Ferguson was also briefly quoted in US News:
Though most legal experts expect a lawsuit is already in the works, not all agree it would go to trial.
“I believe that a civil lawsuit against Darren Wilson and the Ferguson Police Department will be commenced and likely settled out of court,” says University of the District of Columbia law professor Andrew Ferguson.
Ferguson points out that although civil lawsuits require lower burdens of proof than criminal convictions, the local grand jury “found no probable cause” against Wilson, “a much lower standard than even the preponderance of the evidence," though he notes things might be different in an adversarial courtroom setting.
For the US News go to STORY