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Tamir Rice Grand Jury Reportedly Never Actually Voted On Whether To Indict Officers

(Bill Mathis-Lilley) – The grand jury that declined to indict two police officers in the death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice never actually voted on whether to bring charges, an investigative report from Cleveland says, leaving open the question of how the controversial decision was actually reached.

Cuyahoga county prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty at a press conference in Cleveland on May 9, 2013

The alt-weekly Cleveland Scene‘s report revolves around the concept of the “no-bill,” which is the name for a grand jury’s formal decision—arrived at by voting—not to bring charges in a given case. (The opposite of a “no-bill” is a “true bill,” i.e. a decision to indict.) When Cuyahoga County prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced on Dec. 28 that officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback would not be charged in Rice’s death, he said only that the grand jury “declined to indict” the officers, leading many observers to assume that a no-bill had been voted on. But the Cleveland Scene‘s reporters could find no documentation of such a decision, and a spokesman for the Cuyahoga prosecutor’s office responded to the publication’s queries by saying that there had been no vote.

Two area law professors told the Scene they had never heard of a grand jury behaving in such a way. What’s more, reporters were unable to find any official documentation in the Cleveland court system of the grand jury having concluded its business:

We were then directed to the Cuyahoga County grand jury office. Wednesday morning, a clerk there told Scene that the “mysterious document” may or may not exist and that, even if it does, it could only be provided to us via court order by Administrative and Presiding Judge John J. Russo … Russo, who spoke to Scene by phone, professed to be as confused as we were. “When you say ‘document,’ I’m not sure what you mean. I don’t know what that is. It’s either a true bill or a no bill,” he said.

But actually, no.

His staff determined Wednesday that a “no-bill” had never been filed.

What any of this means for Rice’s case is unclear. A lawyer representing the Rice family said the lack of a no-bill could constitute another indication that McGinty—who formally recommended against indicting Loehmann and Garmback andpresented expert reports to the grand jury that backed up his recommendation—had not taken the idea of prosecution seriously.

A federal investigation into Rice’s death is reportedly ongoing; Rice’s family has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the officers involved.


Kristin Cavallari’s Brother Missing

(SL) – Sad news coming out of the Cavallari-Cutler camp as it’s being reported that Kristin’s brother Michael is missing.  His 2014 Honda Civic was found abandoned near a gas station in Monticello where he was last seen on surveillance camera.

Michael Cavallari

The footage is dated for November 27th and the 28-year old hasn’t been seen since.

Kristin, who is married to Chicago Bears’ QB Jay Cutler, recently gave birth to a baby girl, Saylor,

KSL reported that The Grand County Sheriff’s Office received a report on November 27 that a small passenger car could be seen about 100 feet from the Floy Wash Road, five miles from exit 175 on the freeway between Green River and Crescent Junction.

Grand County Sheriff Steven White said the car appeared to have hit a large rock on the side of the road.

The vehicle was found running and the airbag deployed. Cavallari’s laptop and cell phone were inside.

Michael Cavallari’s vehicle was found running with the airbag deployed.

‘We’re combing the area for anything we can find,’ White told KSL. ‘We’re deeming it suspicious, but there’s nothing to indicate anything one way or another. The vehicle was just abandoned.’

It is not clear why Mr Cavallari, who lives in San Clemente, California, was in the city 200 miles south of Salt Lake City.

The search comes just two weeks after Kristin and Jay welcomed their daughter Saylor.

Police used credit card receipts to identify the car as Michael Cavallari’s . It also led authorities back to the gas station in Monticello.