According to Fox News Jay Nixon seems to have done just that:
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon drew criticism from his own Lt. Governor Tuesday when he said “a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued” in the shooting death of black 18-year-old Michael Brown by white police Officer Darren Wilson in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson.
Nixon made the comment in a videotaped statement in which he said he would not remove St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch from the case despite the demands of some black leaders who believe that McCulloch’s deep family ties to law enforcement would affect his impartiality. McCullouch’s father, mother, brother, uncle and cousin all worked for the St. Louis Police Department, and his father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect.
In his statement, Nixon cited what he called the “well-established process” by which prosecutors can recuse themselves from pending investigations to make way for a special prosecutor. Departing from that process, Nixon said in a statement, “could unnecessarily inject legal uncertainty into this matter and potentially jeopardize the prosecution.”
“We have a responsibility,” Nixon said, “to come together, and do everything we can to achieve justice for [Brown’s] family.” Nixon added that McCulloch and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had an obligation “to achieve justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown must be carried out thoroughly, promptly, and correctly.”
I assume that these comments were written in advance. I can’t help but wonder if Nixon is being intentionally ambiguous. Yes pursuing prosecution can refer to pressing charges in court. But it can also mean to pursue a task. As Dictionary.com tells us, one definition of the word is, “to follow up or carry forward something undertaken or begun, usually to its completion.”
Nixon, you will note, is denying a demand made by some people—people we know that he does not want to alienate. He may be trying to placate them by seeming to say that Wilson is guilty.
I have to wonder if Nixon is also hoping that the Federal “civil rights” machinery will take over the case and allow him and other Democrats to avoid having to make hard decisions about how to deal with Wilson.
Whatever Nixon intended to say in his statement, one cannot help but come to the conclusion that an impartial review of the evidence and a just verdict are low on the priority lists of politicians. They want to keep people happy.