Statement from Gov. Nixon regarding St. Louis County Prosecutor

August 19, 2014
Jefferson City, MO

Gov. Jay Nixon issued the following statement regarding the prosecution into the death of Michael Brown.

Please note: The Governor’s comments are not intended to indicate pre-judgment in this matter. The term “prosecution” refers to all duties and responsibilities of the prosecuting attorney, including the exercise of prosecutorial discretion; whether and what evidence to present to the grand jury; the filing of criminal charges if supported by the evidence; representing the state if charges are brought; and ultimately ensuring that justice is served.

“From the outset, I have been clear about the need to have a vigorous prosecution of this case, and that includes minimizing any potential legal uncertainty. I am not asking St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch to recuse himself from this case. There is a well-established process by which a prosecutor can recuse themselves from a pending investigation, and a special prosecutor be appointed. Departing from this established process could unnecessarily inject legal uncertainty into this matter and potentially jeopardize the prosecution.”