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Ferguson Grand Jury Being Investigated For Possible Misconduct

A woman claimed on Twitter to have spoken with a member of the grand jury about whether officer Darren Wilson should face criminal charges for shooting Michael Brown.

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Updated 5:45 p.m. ET Thursday —

A Twitter account that raised questions of jury misconduct may not have been deleted, but rather migrated to another handle.

Twitter user @smde7763, named in her profile as Susan Nichols, contained a number of the same tweets as @thesusannichols, the user who cast doubt on the confidentiality of the grand jury considering whether Officer Darren Wilson should face charges for shooting Michael Brown.

Both accounts showed a number of conversations relating to protests in Ferguson, Missouri as well as messages of support to Wilson. The @smde7763 profile does not contain the tweet that prompted an investigation into the grand jury proceedings. The most recent tweet was dated Wednesday.

Wearing my I am Darren Wilson Bracelet tonight.. #Ferguson

Susan Nichols@smde7763Follow

Wearing my I am Darren Wilson Bracelet tonight.. #Ferguson

10:38 PM - 29 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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The Missouri woman behind @thesusannichols told reporters that she must have been hacked, CNN reported.

She said she had not used Twitter in months, and she did not know anyone sitting on the grand jury considering whether Officer Darren Wilson should face charges for shooting Michael Brown.

County prosecutors are continuing to investigate whether anyone on the jury has breached confidentiality.

@jaechick Becaue, they are not allowed to disclose anything. The investigation is in the hands of a Grand Jury. #Ferguson

Susan Nichols@smde7763Follow

@jaechick Becaue, they are not allowed to disclose anything. The investigation is in the hands of a Grand Jury. #Ferguson

6:28 AM - 01 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A post on Twitter Wednesday raised questions of misconduct in the grand jury considering whether officer Darren Wilson should face criminal charges for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Within seconds of posting this, her friends told her to delete it and she did. It was screenshotted first.

Shaun King@ShaunKingFollow

Within seconds of posting this, her friends told her to delete it and she did. It was screenshotted first.

1:49 PM - 01 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The St. Louis County prosecutor's office said they would investigate whether any members of the grand jury had discussed the case outside hearings, which are secret by law.

So far, the tweet is the only evidence misconduct took place.

"I'd be shocked if a member of the grand jury said anything," Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The page for @thesusannichols was deleted shortly after posting the message, but a screenshot of the tweet was saved by activists calling for the arrest of Wilson. They also captured posts supportive of Wilson and questioned whether she may have influenced the grand jury member.

If the confidentiality of the grand jury hearings has been breached, it could require proceedings to start over. McCulloch told the Washington Post last week that much of the FBI and local investigations of the shooting are complete, and the grand jury could finish meeting in November.

Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

Contact Claudia Koerner at claudia.koerner@buzzfeed.com.

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