This panel discussed several related issues:
-Are there procedural safeguards that can be put in place to alleviate the deep distrust the community now has in such cases?
-What are the pros and cons of the different kinds of grand jury procedures?
-Is presenting all the evidence to the grand jury a more democratic process than presenting only the incriminating evidence?
-When prosecutors discover they have mistakenly presented an older version of the relevant statute how should they handle this in order not to taint the proceedings?
-How should we address the fact that in such cases prosecutors are asked to prosecute the police they work closely with regularly?
-Where is the threshold for a conflict of interest? Should even the appearance of conflicts of interest mean that a special prosecutor is called even if the prosecutor feels there is no conflict?
-What about reforms like in CA where they have banned grand juries from police shooting cases? Is that a good or bad idea? Why?
- Rachel Smith – Chief Prosecutor, Community Affairs Bureau, Saint Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office
- Dion Sankar – Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office (Kansas City)
- Tony Rothert – Legal Director, ACLU-MO
- Kimberly Gardner – Missouri State House, 77th District and former Assistant Circuit Attorney, City of St. Louis