by Chuck Stanley
A group of seven St. Louis County residents have just filed a formal bar complaint against St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch. Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys Kathi Alizadeh and Sheila Whirley were also named in the complaint.
James R. Dowd, a former judge and practicing attorney, along with attorney Robert Ramsey, reviewed the grand jury transcript, examined evidence exhibits, witness statements and testimony presented. Dowd and Ramsey presented their review to a group of seven citizens and attorneys. The group, led by Ethics Project founder Christi Griffin, filed an eleven (11) page complaint alleging ethical misconduct with the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the Missouri Bar in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Fifteen violations of ethics are cited, including:
Presenting witnesses to the grand jury (including Darren Wilson) who McCulloch, Alizadeh and Whirley knew or should have known would make false statements, is not exhaustive.
Under Missouri Supreme Court Rule, the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel has the duty to investigate allegations of misconduct by lawyers and for prosecuting cases where the misconduct poses a threat to the public or to the integrity of the legal profession.
It is the position of the complainants that McCulloch, Alizadeh and Whirley’s conduct have done both.
Presenting the grand jury with a legal instruction ruled unconstitutional for decades.
Mislabeling and misplacing evidence related to key witness Dorian Johnson.
Failing to provide specific charges to the jury after “dumping” on them thousands of pages of interviews and evidence the complainants cite as going above gross negligence.
Griffin said, “He (McCulloch) is the one that is allowing that perjured testimony to be presented to the grand jury, and that is a direct violation of the Code of Professional Ethics.”
The complaint was faxed to the Missouri Bar this afternoon. Hard copies will be delivered tomorrow. The story was initially broken by St. Louis station KMOV, Channel 4. Later, a more detailed story was aired by station KMOX.
This is about to get interesting.