Now that this grand jury has decided not to indict Officer Wilson, however, there are still legal avenues available that could lead to Wilson -- and the rest of the police department in Ferguson -- having to justify their actions in court.
Brad Schimel, the district attorney in Waukesha County, Wisconsin and the Republican nominee to be that state's next attorney general, said that if he had been the chief legal officer in a Jim Crow state, he would have defended that state's ban on interracial marriage in court.
The laws, most of which were enacted before medical advances made it possible to vastly reduce the risk of transmission, not only do little to reduce risky behavior but may actually discourage people from getting tested and learning their HIV status.
“We found that officers used deadly force against people who did not pose an immediate threat of death or serious harm to officers or others, and against people who posed a threat only to themselves."
Businesses in the growing U.S. marijuana industry are are operating almost entirely in cash, as federal money laundering laws block access to financial services. Attorney General Eric Holder says new regulations will tackle the issue.