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The juror who supported Trump and other Georgia grand jury takeaways

We already knew that Donald Trump and 18 co-defendants have been charged with attempting to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia. On Friday we learned how close the prosecution of many more of the former president’s allies also came.

A new report on Georgia’s grand jury, which investigated alleged election interference in the state, outlines how that jury voted when asked to recommend criminal charges against a total of 39 people.

Those votes took place in December 2022, but the details had remained under wraps until now.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the report so far:

A close call for Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, as well as former Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, may have narrowly avoided being charged by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. In one of the most striking revelations in the court document, the grand jury voted to recommend charges against the three senators. They were not included when Ms. Willis revealed her sweeping racketeering allegations against 19 people, including Mr. Trump, in August. The recommendations to file charges narrowly exceeded the minimum of 12 out of 21 jurors needed for approval. That may have played a role in the Atlanta district attorney’s decision not to file charges against the senators. What is certain, however, is that an already highly politically charged case involving several former government officials could have come close to involving a current senator and two Georgian politicians who still harbor aspirations for future office. Mr. Graham said he was surprised by the jury’s recommendation, emphasizing that his intervention in Georgia had been consistent with his role as a senator and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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A lonely opposition to the indictment against Trump

Each time the Atlanta grand jury investigating the alleged conspiracy voted to decide whether to indict former President Donald Trump, one person said no. Georgia officials and his national efforts to overturn the presidential election have always featured single opposition — and in some cases, multiple abstentions. That made little difference in the outcome of the grand jury deliberations, which required only twelve of the participating jurors. to agree to approve a recommendation for charges. However, in a criminal trial, the jury will have to be unanimous to reach a guilty verdict.

A delay in that case could ultimately lead to a hung jury and a mistrial. Grand jury investigations and jury trials are, of course, very different procedures. But the fact that one juror had doubts even at the lower standard of making a “recommendation” to bring charges illustrates how difficult it will be for Fani Willis – and all the other prosecutors filing charges against Mr. Trump have filed – to unanimously favor a conviction.

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