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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ferguson Grand Jury Nears Decision

Michael Brown's family attorney Benjamin Crump steps outside the Buzz Westfall Justice Center, where the grand jury is hearing testimony about Brown's shooting death, to speak to reporters on November 13, 2014 in Clayton, Missouri. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Michael Brown’s family attorney Benjamin Crump steps outside the Buzz Westfall Justice Center, where the grand jury is hearing testimony about Brown’s shooting death, to speak to reporters on November 13, 2014 in Clayton, Missouri. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The 12-member grand jury that is debating whether to charge white police officer Darren Wilson with a crime in the shooting death of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown this past August is nearing its decision.

Nine of the jurors must agree there is probable cause in order to charge Wilson. They are not sequestered. And their decision is likely to spark violence, perhaps across the U.S.

Peter Joy, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis, tells Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that the Michael Brown grand jury is being presented with an unprecedented amount of information about the case, including testimony by Wilson himself, as well as multiple forensic experts.

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  • Peter Joy, law professor at Washington University in St. Louis.

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