Tuesday, March 10, 2015


After a Missouri grand jury declined to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown last November, I noted that Wilson probably would been acquitted had he gone to trial, since conflicting eyewitness accounts left plenty of room for reasonable doubt. After reading last week's Justice Department report on the shooting, I would go further: Wilson's use of deadly force probably was legally justified, and St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch was right not to give Brown's family the trial they wanted. Although I still have strong reservations about the way McCulloch achieved that result, he made the right call, and I was wrong to suggest otherwise.