As we mentioned before, people in your lives know you are on a grand jury and have been. Of course, we're not going to disclose to any media outlet or the public in general your identities, but your families and your employers know that you are on the grand jury.
But more importantly, what you are charged with is that you cannot discuss anything that you hear in here. So, you know, if you have conversations with your family or your employers about, you know, your meeting times and your meeting dates, how long this is going to take, that's up to you and I understand that that's something that you all need to work out with the people in your lives.
We would like to get this done as quickly as possible, but then again, we are not going to rush anything.
If there is a need to meet until after the first of the year, that's what we are going to do. I don't anticipate that, but there is no way after this whole process is over that anybody is going to say we rushed anything, okay. I want you to have as much time as you need, hear as much evidence as you think you need to hear. If we don't call somebody that you want to hear from, we'll get them here, okay.
So for the next meeting we'll start at 8:00, the Judge will give you a charge. Today we're going to have testimony on the investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown in the morning session, hopefully we can get done by lunch time. In the afternoon today you are going to hear a regular docket of cases that we need to move through the grand jury.
After that, we anticipate that all of your, everything you will hear every time you sit will just be evidence on the investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown.
I know this is different than other cases because normally when we've charged somebody with an offense, you have the charge in front of you, you can read what the charge is, you can read what maybe the elements are and you don't have that in this case.
I understand that that kind of leaves you not sure how you are supposed to look at this evidence.
So after this morning session, Sheila and I will sit down and we will come up with statutes for you on the various degrees of homicide and there will be some other relevant statutes on the use of lethal or deadly force when, and possibly self-defense statutes, so you will have by the time you are here next time. We'll have that for you so you can kind of at least understand the law as you are hearing this evidence.
We're putting on witnesses in a certain order because we're trying to make this easier for you to digest and understand the evidence as it comes in because unlike a trial, I'm not making an opening statement. I can't outline for you what all the evidence is. In a trial, you know, a jury gets to hear that, that's not going to happen here because I'm not making an opening statement.
So we're trying to put the evidence on in a more logical order so you can kind of understand as the witnesses progress, oh yeah, I remember hearing about that the other day. Urn, but as it happens, sometimes we have scheduling issues with witnesses, and sometimes things might be out of order.
There might be an occasion where you hear testimony from a witness and then you say to me or Sheila, well, you know, what about that, was that found at the scene? Well, you're just, I can't answer those kind of questions for you, you're just going to have to hope you are going to hear evidence about that and at the conclusion of all of this, if you have additional questions and you give us those questions, we will see if we can get those answered through witness testimony, okay.
I think the best thing for every day is for us to tell you how your day is going to go. So today you are going to hear from two witnesses. The first witness is St. Louis County Detective, Detective He is a crime scene investigator. He will testify about what he did in relation to his investigation into the incident that occurred involving the shooting of Michael Brown, okay.
We're going to see pictures, and some of them are going to be graphic and disturbing and I have to just get that out there in the beginning.
The next witness we're going to hear from is going to be I will have him spell that for you. I don't want to misspell it.
He is the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy on the body of Michael Brown and he's going to describe his job and what his findings were, okay.
So with that, are we ready to get started?
Now, on the times for next week, we want to be in the garage at 8:00 so we can be here at 8:30, or we want to be at the room at 8:00?