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Ferguson grand jury unusual in many ways

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- There are several unusual things about the Missouri grand jury responsible for deciding whether to charge a suburban St. Louis police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
   The first atypical thing is how long it's been meeting. Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, shot the black 18-year-old on Aug. 9.
   Prosecutors often present cases to grand juries in a single day. But this case has lasted three months -- causing a judge to extend the grand jurors' term of service. It's taken so long because St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch says he is calling all relevant witnesses, instead of having just a few witnesses summarize the evidence.
   If Wilson isn't indicted, McCulloch wants to release the grand jury testimony. That, too, is unusual.

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