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The Jaco Report, Ep. 4: St. Louis County Prosecutor Wesley Bell says his focus is on reform, violent crimes

St. Louis County’s reform-minded new chief prosecutor says he has little interest in convening a new grand jury in the case of Darren Wilson, the white officer whose killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson sparked months of unrest. Wesley Bell, the county’s first African-American prosecuting attorney tells The Jaco Report that his focus instead is on reforms to the bail system, eliminating bail requirements for people arrested for minor, non-violent crimes. Bell also says his refusal to prosecute possession of marijuana under 3 1/2 ounces will free police and prosecutors to focus on more serious, violent crimes.

Charles Jaco

Charles Jaco is a journalist and author. He has worked for NBC News, CNN, KMOX, KTRS, and Fox 2. He is best known for his coverage of the first Gulf War, and for his "legitimate rape" interview with Senate candidate Todd Akin. He is the winner of three George Foster Peabody Awards, and the author of four books.

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