Sizing up a prosecutor’s performance
The Wall Street Journal - 12/04/2014
Elected officials, legal experts and police officers on Thursday differed on Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan ’s handling of the grand jury that declined to indict the officer involved in Eric Garner ’s death.
Mr. Donovan promised a fair and thorough investigation when he convened the grand jury in August and went on to present 50 witnesses and 60 pieces of evidence in Mr. Garner’s July 17 death. When he announced the panel’s decision on Wednesday, he said he went “wherever the evidence took me, without fear or favor.”
“That sounds very objective and fair, but ordinary grand jury indictments are not objective and fair,” said Daniel Medwed, professor of law at Northeastern University. “Why should police officers be treated differently?”