Grand jury gets more time to consider Ferguson case

With protestors and law enforcement in full force on the streets of Ferguson, some are merchants have taken security of their businesses into their own hands. | Courtesy of Loavesofbread/Wikimedia Commons
There is concern that Ferguson may see more unrest if police Officer Darren Wilson doesn’t stand trial. | Courtesy of Loavesofbread/Wikimedia Commons

The grand jury considering whether Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson should be criminally charged in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown now has until Jan. 7 to decide. There is significant apprehension that looting and rioting might return if the grand jury does not send Wilson to trial for something.

A St. Louis County grand jury usually sits for four months, a period that for the current panel expired last week. State law provides for a term of up to six months, which moves the date to November. On Wednesday, a judge issued an order adding 60 more days.

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