The sketchy Georgia district attorney who charged Atlanta police Officer Garrett Rolfe with “felony murder” for shooting Rayshard Brooks after he attacked officers, stole their Taser, and tried to shoot them with it, is in more hot water today.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard isn’t a stranger to “criminal investigations.” As a matter of fact, he’s under one as we speak, for allegedly using his “non-profit” to funnel $14o thousand dollars into his own pockets.
But things just got a lot worse for him…
So, besides sexual harassment allegations in an entirely separate matter, what’s he in trouble for now?
Well, looks like he broke the law in his gleeful rush to railroad two cops in the Rayshard Brooks case when, according to authorities, he illegally obtained subpoenas.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has reportedly expanded its criminal investigation into Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard as new questions emerge about the grand jury subpoenas Howard’s office issued in the case involving the death of Rayshard Brooks.
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr has asked the GBI to expand the scope of its current investigation regarding Howard after Carr learned about subpoenas Howard’s office issued regarding Officer Garrett Rolfe and the use of force against Brooks, whom Rolfe shot after he resisted arrest and fired a taser at him during a DUI arrest.
Howard issued grand jury subpoenas directing the Atlanta Police Department to turn over its “open investigation regarding Garrett Rolfe and the use of force incident.” Fox 5 Atlanta reports:
The subpoena required that the documents be turned over for the “Grand Jury, June/July term on the 14th day of July.” Other grand jury subpoenas were issued for phone and surveillance camera videos.
Fox 5 notes, however, that these grand jury subpoenas were issued while the grand jury was suspended. The grand jury “had been suspended on March 13 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The issuing of grand jury subpoenas while there is no grand jury could be “an ethical or possibly criminal issue,” according to legal experts who spoke with Fox 5.
Gable Cino, who is a law professor that specializes in prosecutorial misconduct, told the outlet, “It would be a violation of criminal law to make a knowingly false statement or misrepresentation in the subpoena which is a document that has been issued.”
GBI Director Vic Reynolds said that the department was aware of the matter and apparently is looking into it.
Mr. Fulton is now trying to throw others under the bus for the Grand Jury mess, which just seems to fit this scum-buckets personality to a tee, right?
From the Daily Report:
Howard told the Daily Report on Wednesday his office “proactively” sent grand jury subpoenas “in the hopes” that a grand jury would convene once the current statewide judicial emergency expires Sunday. Earlier this week, the chief justice announced he will extend the judicial emergency and continue grand jury suspensions through Aug. 12.
On Thursday, Howard issued a second statement blaming the investigator who sent the subpoena for Rolfe’s police records, saying he “was under the impression that the March/April grand jury was still impaneled” even though it had been discharged. Howard said his staff will suspend issuing future grand jury subpoenas until grand juries are impaneled, and that he has withdrawn the subpoena seeking Rolfe’s records.
If convicted of this crime, Howard faces fines and up to 20 days in jail.
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