With those four words out of Fulton County DA Fani Willis’s mouth in an Atlanta courtroom today, Traitor Tot’s hair stood straight out, regardless of how many gallons of hair spray he had on. His spray tan started dripping like Rudy Giuliani’s Miss Clairol. The Ghoul Man immediately called Sidney Powell to ask her if her law license was still good, and is she looking for work. Mark Meadows is joining a traveling carnival to sneak back down to his registered address in South Carolina, where nobody will look for him. And Lindsey Graham is stocking up on end of days meals, and preparing to barricade himself in his Senate office.
Normally in these articles I like to say that I’m starting an official indictment watch! But I’m not doing that this time. Simply because I’m not at all so sure that we’re actually see indictments in the Fulton County case. I’ll explain.
If you’re a prosecutor, the words grand jury mean one thing to you. A fall guy to blame if your case turns to shit down the road. You show them your evidence, they say sounds good, and issue indictments, and if your case falls apart it was the stupid grand jury. Grand juries issue indictments, it’s what they do.
What was it that Willis said? Charging decisions are imminent. She’s mixing apples with oranges. Grand juries issue indictments, but the vast majority of criminal cases in this country never see the inside of a grand jury room. The prosecutor evaluates the evidence and witnesses, and if they feel the case is strong enough, they File criminal charges. Now do you see why my whiskers are twitching? Willis’s syntax is very ambiguous.
But for a perfectly good reason. Willis has already had her case before a grand jury. But because it was a special grand jury, overseen by the chief judge in the state, it was not empowered to return true bills of indictment. Instead the grand jury issued a final report, which included charging recommendations.
Put yourself in DA Willis’s shoes. You just spent 8 months parading evidence and witnesses in front of the special grand jury. They’ve already given you a list of charging recommendations based on your evidence. They already told you what you’ve got. Why waste another month in front of a different grand jury just so they can rubber stamp the first one? Treat the special grand jury’s charging recommendations as the equivalent of true bills of indictment, and just file the charges on your own!
Personally, I think that DA Willis wants to move on this case. NOW! She’s frustrated that she had to waste eight months on a panel that couldn’t even indict. But they’ve done the next best thing. Move now, and get these shitheels into the legal system before Traitor Tot can start screaming Election year witch hunt!
That’s why I’m not declaring an Official Indictment Watch. Because I don’t think we’re going to see them. Willis is going to take the thumbs up that the special grand jury gave in their charging recommendations, and just file them in court herself. What we have here is an Official Criminal Charges Watch. Fire up the Orville Redenbacher.