The tweet that started an investigation by the St. Louis County prosecutor's office (background via Google Street View)
The tweet appeared on Wednesday, October 1.
"I know someone sitting on the grand jury in this case," it read. "There isn't enough at this point to warrant an arrest #Ferguson."
Although it was deleted within moments, eagle-eyed activists quickly screen-grabbed it and began asking why a member of the grand jury in the Michael Brown shooting was blabbing about the closed court proceedings to a friend, who was then unwisely sharing the insights on Twitter. When St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch's office contacted the woman -- according to her profile, her name is Susan M. Nichols -- she claimed her account was "hacked."
Late yesterday, McCulloch released the results of his inquiry and agreed that she had indeed been hacked. However, it turns out that it's not at all clear where the tweet came from, and McCulloch's conclusions rest mainly on Nichols' word.More »