On the menu today: Meet the Georgia grand juror who’s doing a nearly unprecedented media tour and likely complicating, if not torpedoing, any efforts to indict former president Trump or any of his aides and associates.
The Grand Juror Who Wants to Be a Star
It is not all that difficult for a prosecutor to convince a grand jury to indict a suspected criminal. There is no defense attorney for the accused person present; there is no cross-examination of witnesses. The grand jury, made up of approximately 16 to 23 adults, only hears the prosecutor’s arguments, evidence, and testimony from witnesses chosen by the prosecution. After the presentation, the grand jury votes in secret, and it does not need to be unanimous; according to the U.S. Department of Justice, at least twelve jurors must concur to issue an indictment.
The grand jury votes in secret on whether it believes that enough evidence exists to charge the person with a crime, which is a slightly different and lower standard than whether the accused is guilty of the crime. Sol Wachtler, the ...