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DA Willis in Georgia Trump Case Seeks Juror Protection, According to Report

Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis is asking the court to protect prospective jurors in her criminal case against former President Donald Trump and 18 others indicted for trying to overturn the 2020 election results in the state.

The Hill reported that Willis filed a petition with the court Wednesday seeking to “[p]revent any [d]efendant, members of the press, or any other person from videotaping, photographing, drawing, or otherwise creating or publishing images of the jurors or prospective jurors inside or outside the courtroom.”

The report said she also wants the court to stop defendants, press, or others from “publishing any verbal or written descriptions of any information that would assist persons in determining the identity of any jurors or prospective jurors, specifically physical descriptions, telephone numbers, addresses, employer names, and membership affiliations of all jurors or prospective jurors.”

According to The Hill, the filing included affidavits from Atlanta Chief of Police Darin Schierbaum and the assistant chief investigator of the DA’s office technology unit regarding alleged “doxing and harassment” experienced by Willis and the grand jury members responsible for the indictments.

“The effects of the widespread national and international media coverage on individuals associated with this case is real and substantial,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Willis writing in the 14-page motion.

Willis said grand jurors in the case had personal information published across websites “with the intent to harass and intimidate them.”

The almost 100-page indictment was handed down on Aug. 14, accusing Trump and the others of violating the state’s Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization statute, which is normally used to prosecute organized crime figures and drug-ring kingpins, the Associated Press reported at the time.

“The indictment alleges that rather than abide by Georgia’s legal process for election challenges, the defendants engaged in a criminal racketeering enterprise to overturn Georgia’s presidential election result,” Willis said during a press conference announcing the charges.

Trump and the other defendants prosecuted in the case have pled not guilty to the charges.

It is the fourth criminal case against Trump filed this year, starting with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s New York State case alleging Trump falsified documents regarding a payment to a porn star in 2016, to two federal cases brought in June and August by Department of Justice Special Counsel Jack Smith for mishandling classified documents in Florida, and Trump’s role in the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

Charles Kim

Charles Kim, a Newsmax general assignment writer, is an award-winning journalist with more than 30 years in reporting on news and politics.

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