St. Louis County District Attorney Bob McCulloch -of the Michael Brown shooting case- has admitted that he “decided that anyone who claimed to have witnessed anything was going to be presented to the grand jury… Even though their statements were not accurate.”
McCulloch admits that he presented witnesses who he knew were giving false statements during an interview with radio station KTRS.
KTRS Radio: Why did you allow people to testify in front of the grand jury in which you knew their information was either flat-out wrong, or flat-out lying, or just weren’t telling the truth?
District Attorney Bob McCulloch: Well, early on, I decided that anyone who claimed to have witnessed anything was going to be presented to the grand jury. And I knew that no matter how I handled it, there would be criticism of it. So if I didn’t put those witnesses on, then we’d be discussing now why I didn’t put those witnesses on. Even though their statements were not accurate.
So my determination was to put everybody on and let the grand jurors assess their credibility, which they did. This grand jury poured their hearts and souls into this. It was a very emotional few months for them. It took a lot of them. I wanted to put everything on there. I thought it was much more important to present everything and everybody, and some that, yes, clearly were not telling the truth. No question about it.
Missouri Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 4-3.3 reads:
A lawyer shall not knowingly: offer evidence that the lawyer knows to be false. If a lawyer, the lawyer’s client, or a witness called by the lawyer has offered material evidence and the lawyer comes to know of its falsity, the lawyer shall take reasonable remedial measures, including, if necessary, disclosure to the tribunal. A lawyer may refuse to offer evidence, other than the testimony of a defendant in a criminal matter, that the lawyer reasonably believes is false
McCulloch told KTRS, “There were people who came in and, yes, absolutely lied under oath” and apparently he won’t seek perjury charges.