Judge upholds secrecy in Ferguson grand juror lawsuit

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A member of the grand jury that declined to indict the Ferguson police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown cannot speak out about her experience, a Missouri judge has ruled.

St. Louis County Circuit Judge Ellen Ribaudo said in a ruling Tuesday that the grand jury process “depends upon secrecy and anonymity.”

St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch, who led the grand jury, on Friday hailed the ruling. American Civil Liberties Union attorney Anthony Rothert, who sued on behalf of the grand juror, said an appeal is planned.

Brown, who was 18, black and unarmed, was fatally shot on Aug. 9, 2014, by white Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, spurring angry protests that lasted for weeks. Violent demonstrations broke out again in November 2014 when McCulloch announced that a St. Louis County grand jury decided not to indict Wilson, who resigned that month.