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Tue Nov 25, 2014, 11:58 PM

Ferguson Prosecutor Discovered With Connection To Darren Wilsonís Defence Fundraiser

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/11/25/prosecutor-fundraising-wilson/

...county prosecutor, Robert McCulloch is also the president of The Backstoppers, Inc., an organization used to fundraise for the men and women in uniform in both Missouri and Illinois. And, in August, his organization was affiliated with a t-shirt drive featuring a picture of Missouri and the statement ďI SUPPORT OFFICER D. WILSONĒ which was set up to raise money for the Darren Wilson Defense Fund as well as The Backstoppers.

Backstoppers runs a multitude of fundraising campaigns, but they also directly support the officers they fundraise for. According to their website, within hours of a traumatic experience, Backstoppers offers a variety of help, including:

Assumption of financial obligations (i.e., mortgage payments, automobile payments, credit card debt, loan debt, taxes, insurance, etc.) as funding permits
Health and dental insurance, if needed
Elementary and secondary educational assistance grades KĖ12 (per child: $2,000 per year public, $4,000 per year private)
College/vocational tuition assistance to spouse/survivors
$1,000 payment to spouse at Christmas
$1,000 U.S. Savings Bonds to surviving children at Christmas and on birthday up to age 21
Miscellaneous assistance as approved by board of directors (i.e., home repairs, unusual medical expenses, etc.)
Financial counseling

This is on top of any other support which Backstoppers will offer. Not all who Backstoppers supports will get all assistance, so it is unknown what, if anything, the organization may have done to assist Officer Wilson. The shirt itself was set up by an anonymous third party, with page links to both entities, creating what may potentially be an inadvertent conflict of interest.

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Reply Ferguson Prosecutor Discovered With Connection To Darren Wilsonís Defence Fundraiser (Original post)
Snarkoleptic Nov 2014 OP
Snarkoleptic Nov 2014 #1
billhicks76 Nov 2014 #11
Ilsa Nov 2014 #2
Snarkoleptic Nov 2014 #6
noiretextatique Nov 2014 #3
gollygee Nov 2014 #4
99th_Monkey Nov 2014 #9
Rex Nov 2014 #5
JDPriestly Nov 2014 #7
Recursion Nov 2014 #8
99th_Monkey Nov 2014 #10
DallasNE Nov 2014 #12
tammywammy Nov 2014 #13
Snarkoleptic Nov 2014 #14
sabrina 1 Nov 2014 #15

Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Wed Nov 26, 2014, 12:05 AM

1. Here's what I believe to be an image of the shirt and it's landing page...

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 26, 2014, 01:36 AM

11. Fire Him

 

Sue him or arrest him.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Wed Nov 26, 2014, 12:06 AM

2. He should have recused himself...

Oh wait, then he wouldn't have been able to rig the outcome.

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Response to Ilsa (Reply #2)

Wed Nov 26, 2014, 12:24 AM

6. Nothing to see here, move along.

No conflict of interest, go watch a sitcom.

How in the f@ck did this not get dragged before the MSM during the Grand Jury deliberation.
Sometimes I feel the system is not rigged against truth and justice, but shit like happens so often that it cannot be discounted.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Wed Nov 26, 2014, 12:09 AM

3. clearly these folks think they are above the law

this fucker should have not only step aside, he should resign.

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Response to noiretextatique (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 26, 2014, 12:11 AM

4. Obstruction of justice. n/t

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Response to gollygee (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 26, 2014, 01:03 AM

9. That has a ring of truth to it. That IS exactly what it is. nt

 

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Wed Nov 26, 2014, 12:12 AM

5. Oops...

 

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Wed Nov 26, 2014, 12:47 AM

7. A special prosecutor, someone independent of the prosecutor's office, should have been

appointed to prosecute the Wilson case.

The official prosecutor in a county has to work closely with the police. They are his witnesses and assist him in other ways.

Seems to me the prosecutor had a conflict of interest in this case for more than one reason.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Wed Nov 26, 2014, 12:51 AM

8. Wow (nt)

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Wed Nov 26, 2014, 01:05 AM

10. Can you say "MIS-TRIAL" yet?

 

But wait, it wasn't technically a "trial"; yet the precept still should hold with a grand jury, one would hope.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Wed Nov 26, 2014, 08:58 AM

12. This Just Shows How Broken The Grand Jury System Is

There should be rules in place regarding prosecutor conduct -- both personal and procedural. Also, the Bar should be investigating conduct such as this in order to deal with misconduct meaning there needs to be a policing function. What McCulloch has done here has caused great damage to the Grand Jury system. Since this would require legislative action there is no way it will ever get fixed yet it goes to the heart of the ability of government to govern and reflects the corruption big money has on all aspect of government -- yes, another problem caused by Citizens United and the overall inability to keep big money out of politics.

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Response to tammywammy (Reply #13)

Wed Nov 26, 2014, 09:12 AM

14. More from the OP article-

When this tie was first revealed, Backstoppers stated that they had no affiliation with the sales, but due to how it was set up they could not determine what donations could have been from the anonymous operator. They also felt that there was no question of impropriety, despite being made fully aware that they were directly profiting off of a fundraiser for Officer Wilsonís defense. And they were not going to pursue any follow-up, declaring arbitrarily that no laws were broken.

Regardless of the situation, there now exists an argument that Prosecutor Robert McCulloch was in a conflict of interest in the case. That he proceeded anyways should tell us of the ethical standards by which he operates, and how valid his prosecution before the grand jury is.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Reply #14)

Wed Nov 26, 2014, 02:23 PM

15. Well if they won't pursue it, what a surprise, some outside entity needs to come in and

thoroughly investigate it, and find out who the 'anonymous' individual who supposedly set it up, is.

What a travesty this whole process has been.

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