In a masterful example of the art of the defense attorney, Bob McCulloch presented his case before the St. Louis Grand Jury. McCulloch impeached witnesses, showed contradictions in their testimony and weaknesses in their memory. Having thoroughly undermined the prosecution’s case, he then gave the jury a narrative that they could embrace instead: that Wilson shot in self defense because he was being attacked by a hulking teenager who had the look of a “demon.”
The Bitemaster hereby nominates McCulloch for this year’s Robert C. Heeney Memorial Award to be given by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
It turns out that Bob McCulloch was NOT the defense attorney — he was the prosecutor! My bad.
AboveTheLaw says that “After Bob McCulloch’s shameless effort to stack the deck against the indictment of Darren Wilson — up to and including an apparent admission of suborning perjury — and the Department of Justice released reports blasting both Ferguson and St. Louis for systemic racial disparities in how they mete out criminal justice, you knew the shocking stories were going to keep on coming. I mean, they still made Bob McCulloch “Prosecutor of the Year” after all that, which is just straight-up trolling from a culture of prosecutorial indifference.
“So prepare to be unsurprised to learn that a former St. Louis prosecutor, Bliss Barber Worrell, has pleaded guilty in federal court to misprision of a felony for helping protect a cop who wailed on a suspect in custody and handcuffed.”