Bob McCulloch Spoke on MU's Campus, But to a Select Group

Apr 2, 2015

Joan Wilcox stands outside of Hulston Hall in protest of Bob McCulloch's talk.
Credit KARA TABOR / KBIA

St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch spoke at the Missouri School of Law on Tuesday about the grand jury process. McCulloch was the lead prosecutor to handle the jury during the Ferguson case that decided not to indict former officer Darren Wilson who shot and killed Michael Brown last August. 

The event was not heavily promoted. Instead, it was only open to students, faculty and staff of the MU Law School who had to register for the event. The student chapter of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys organized McCulloch's appearance, and said due to full capacity of Hulston Hall the public was not allowed in, including the media. 

Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss the issue on KBIA-FM's weekly media criticism program, "Views of the News."

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"The people at the Law School who put this together should have known the significance of bringing him to campus and to not have some sort of media availability either during, or before really causes a problem," said Perry.

Simons said this would be different if the organization held the event at a private luncheon opposed to a public space. She also suggested that if space was an issue, electing a pool reporter would have been an appropriate option.