February 24, 2023

Georgia Grand Jury

Emily Kohrs, the foreperson of the special grand jury in the Georgia election meddling investigation, “first spoke out in an interview published Tuesday by The Associated Press, a story that was followed by interviews in other print and television news outlets. In detailed commentary, she described some of what happened behind the closed doors of the jury room — how witnesses behaved, how prosecutors interacted with them, how some invoked their constitutional right not to answer certain questions.” AP News

Both sides are critical of the forewoman’s statements:

“As a former prosecutor, I am mortified that a grand juror is talking about it publicly… Even more alarming were some of the things Kohrs said about her own experience. She said she swore in one witness while holding a Ninja Turtle ice pop she had received at the district attorney’s office ice cream party. A what?! Why on Earth would grand jurors be socializing with the prosecutors? A grand jury is an independent body, and prosecutors are trained to maintain a professional distance and avoid engaging in interactions that could be perceived as influencing their decisions…

“She reported that when witnesses invoked their Fifth Amendment right to refrain from answering questions on the basis that their answers might incriminate them, she could hear all of the other grand jurors writing furiously. This could indicate that jurors were improperly holding the assertion of a constitutional right against witnesses. She said another member of the grand jury brought a newspaper into the room every day and pointed out stories about their investigation, though she herself avoided news coverage to maintain an open mind. I can only imagine the skyrocketing blood pressure of District Attorney Fani Willis.”
Barbara McQuade, MSNBC

Ms. Kohrs is doing a disservice to impartial justice. The Atlanta paper reports that she swore in one witness while ‘holding a Ninja Turtle Popsicle she had just received at an ice cream party thrown by the DA’s office.’ She said serving on the jury was ‘really cool.’ Ms. Kohrs said she has never voted, although she told the AP she tends to agree more with Democrats…

“None of this is ‘really cool.’ Recommending to put any fellow citizen on trial, and maybe in prison, is serious business, and this case happens to involve a former President and current 2024 candidate. We wonder why the DA couldn’t persuade Ms. Kohrs about her obligation to stay silent, and the blabbering won’t help her case.”
Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal

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