Thursday, April 20, 2023

#110 / Just Us


Emily Kohrs, pictured above, served as the foreperson of a special grand jury, empaneled in Fulton County, Georgia, to investigate whether former President Donald Trump, and his associates, meddled in the state's 2020 election. As The New York Times Magazine has noted, Kohrs "got under America's skin." This is, generally, because she was not shy about talking about her experience on the grand jury, after the grand jury was discharged. 

Chatty and amiable, Kohrs — a 30-year-old woman of elfin appearance and breezy affect, who described herself as between jobs — recounted the prosecutors’ wrangling of witnesses and the grand jury’s recommendation of numerous indictments. She offered her thoughts on figures like Lindsey Graham (“I really liked talking to him”) and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger of Georgia (“a really geeky kind of funny”). She seemed awe-struck by some witnesses (“my coolest moment was shaking Rudy Giuliani’s hand”) and marveled at the length of a Trump phone call the jury heard (“I would’ve lost my voice if I had talked for that long by myself”). She described passing the time by sketching witnesses and swearing in the state House speaker while holding a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” ice pop from a party in the district attorney’s office. Asked by Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporters about Trump’s claim that a partially released grand jury report amounted to “total exoneration,” she rolled her eyes. “Did he really say that? Oh, that’s fantastic. That’s phenomenal. I love it.”
It is thought by many - by lots of "serious" people - that grand jurors are not supposed to be so chatty, although The Times did not find a violation of any actual rules governing grand juries in Georgia. "In the manner of someone who is rarely afforded privileged information, [Kohrs] seemed equally enamored with dishing it and withholding it." Again, that approach has gotten "under the skin" of a number of people, and has ruffled the feathers of those who think that some (possibly consequential) breach of decorum might have occurred. Investigative reporters, hot on the story, have pursued Kohrs' background. They have found (wait for it) that her older social media interactions indicate that Kohrs has had a past interest in.... witchcraft.
In the hard copy edition, The Times Magazine article on Kohrs is titled, "Just Us." Should "ordinary people" be allowed to assume roles in which they are not only allowed, but required, to judge those with power, and with wealth, and those who seem to be "bigger than life?" 
Now there's a question! That is what grand jurors are required to do. As indicated, lots of people have gotten their feathers ruffled, seeing how our political and governmental system actually works. It's "just us," in the end, just ordinary people, who are at the foundation of our system of government. 
Imagine that!
Boy am I glad!!
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