On Wednesday, the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office received information alleging a juror may have disclosed evidence to a friend, as stated by office spokesman Ed Magee to the Washington Post.
Early that morning, a friend of the juror tweeted she spoke to one of the members of the grand jury and as of right now there is not enough evidence to arrest the Ferguson officer. The individual, Susan M Nichols, quickly deleted the tweets, but not before someone captured it.
Magee confirmed the leaks via activist Shaun King’s Twitter handle.
Within seconds of posting this, her friends told her to delete it and she did. It was screenshotted first. pic.twitter.com/b6kTf9p40h
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) October 1, 2014
According to Cornell University’s Law School, a violation of secrecy or any guidelines may be punished as a contempt of court.
Currently, the prosecutor’s office is “looking into the matter.”
The jury has being assessing the evidence since Aug. 20. In a statement to the Washington Post, prosecutor Robert McCulloch said the jury could wrap-up the hearing by the end of the month, but there is a possibility it could last until mid-November.
In wake of the alleged breach of secrecy, if it is found to be true the grand jury could be dismantled and a special prosecutor will be brought in to proceed with the case.