by Max Brantley
A disappointed spectator reports that the Arkansas Supreme Court chamber was filled to capacity and many were turned away this morning on account of busloads from West Memphis who came to hear arguments over the Grand Jury called by Circuit Judge Victor Hill to look into the fatal shooting of a black child by a white West Memphis police officer. A special prosecutor, H.G. Foster, found the case didn't warrant criminal charges and has objected to the calling of the grand jury. He said it would set a bad precedent for judges to call grand juries on their own whim. Hill argued his case himself before the court.
It had been rumored that Rev. Al Sharpton might show up for the arguments, but he wasn't spotted by those I talked with. Those who weren't admitted to court walked over to the governor's office for protest, our witness said.