Fulton County DA Fani Willis argued that the special grand jury report should not be released to the public because criminal prosecution decisions are imminent.
Willis video clip:
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis: “We are asking that the report not be released because you have not seen that report. Decisions are imminent.” pic.twitter.com/tsABRDlFyk
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticianSarah) January 24, 2023
Willis said while arguing in court against the release of the special grand jury report: “We believe it is not appropriate at this time to treat prospective defendants fairly. I as the elected prosecutor have made several commitments to help the public understand the public interest surrounding this case. At this time, in the interests of justice and the rights of not the state but others, we ask that the report not be released because you have not seen that report. Decisions are imminent.”
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If no criminal charges were filed, the report could be made public. The fact that Willis is talking about prospective defendants, not potential future defendants, is a big hint at where this is headed.
People are likely to be charged and criminally prosecuted for violating Georgia’s electoral law. The release of the special jury report may make it difficult for defendants to receive a fair trial. The report and the reporting of the findings of the investigative jury could place a jury at a disadvantage against defendants.
Criminal charges could soon follow, and it’s not easy to imagine how Trump, who was incarcerated violating state electoral law, won’t be among those charged.
Jason is the editor in chief. He is also a White House Press Pole and a congressional correspondent for PoliticianUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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