MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell blasted St. Louis County assistant district attorney Kathi Alizadeh on Wednesday for taking weeks to tell the grand jury in the Darren Wilson/ Michael Brown case that she made a major mistake regarding police officers’ right to use legal force.
O’ Donnell pretty much rips the prosecutor a new one and sums it all up saying… “With prosecutors like this, Darren Wilson never really needed a defense lawyer.”
O’Donnell said that early on in the jurors’ deliberations (back in August), Alizadeh handed them a copy of a 1979 Missouri statute saying police were “justified in the use of such physical force as he or she reasonably believes is immediately necessary to effect the arrest or prevent the escape from custody.”
However, he explained, the Supreme Court found those kinds of statutes to be unconstitutional six years later.
He said, the jurors listened to Wilson’s testimony while still believing the statute was still in effect. Alizadeh did not correct her error until Nov. 21, telling them that “part of the case law” did not comply with the Supreme Court ruling.Court records also show that, when one juror asked whether the high court’s decision overrode state laws, Alizadeh did not say yes, and instead gave a non-commital answer.
“As far as you need to know, just don’t worry about that,” Alizadeh told the juror. Alizadeh’s colleague, Sheila Whirley, added, “We don’t want to get into a law class.”
What?! Listen to O’Donnell break it down below:
O’Donnell also destroys the reliance on “key” witness #10: