Finding the Truth in the Michael Brown Case: Will You Believe it?

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The saying goes, "There are three sides to every story. Your version, my version and the truth." At this point in the Michael Brown investigation, there is a lot of speculation, but no absolute truth.

The investigation is not complete, there have been no charges filed and the official autopsy has not been released.

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WFMY News 2's Morgan Hightower spoke to two attorneys who have made a career of finding the truth and they say it's not always possible.

"There are going to be people who will say the truth didn't come out, for sure. And the reason is very simple: we have too many things that have interfered with the fact gathering process now and so we are never going to be sure of what the real truth is and when I say 'we'-the public," explained District Court Judge Lawrence McSwain.

Judge Lawrence McSwain says for some, even if the truth is uncovered in this investigation it won't be believed or accepted. That's because, he says, we are predisposed to believe certain things.

"So if people want to think the police never do anything wrong, they will tend to make the facts fit that idea. If there are people who believe that police don't do things right, they are up to no good, they sometimes make the facts fit that point of view as well," explained Judge Lawrence McSwain.

Defense attorney David Freedman agrees with Judge McSwain, saying for some, "It's not really going to matter what you hear because you are going to justify it through that perspective."

"That is why it is very important that this be looked at by very objective person who doesn't have a dog in the fight who just want to get to the truth," added Freedman.

David Freedman has represented police officers who have used lethal force. He says it is important for investigators to look at the physical evidence, take their time, and not be influenced by pressure from the public.

"The key in these situations is to examine the evidence and not working about making charging, or lack of charging decision based upon alliance to one side or the other," said Freedman.

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