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Who is Robert McBurney? signs grand jury’s finding in Trump election case

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 15, 2023. 06:29 pm UPDATED: Aug 15, 2023. 06:29 pm

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An indictment was returned on Monday night by a grand jury that had been convened to consider the evidence in Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ investigation into potential meddling in the 2020 election by former President Donald Trump and his supporters.

The indictment was presented to Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney at about 9 p.m. ET. There were a total of 10 indictments, according to NBC, even though the specific defendants and accusations were not immediately made public.

Robert McBurney: who is he?

The special grand jury that gathered information for the investigation was presided over by Harvard-educated attorney Robert McBurney, who was appointed by Georgia’s then-Republican Governor Nathan Deal in 2012.

Last month, in a landmark decision, McBurney rejected Trump’s request to have the evidence gathered by the special grand jury dismissed and to have Willis removed from leading the criminal investigation due to her outspoken remarks on the subject.

McBurney previously held the positions of state prosecutor in Fulton County and federal prosecutor in the Northern District of Georgia, according to the website for the Fulton County court.

In addition to his involvement in the current investigation, McBurney has presided over a number of significant cases. Later, the Supreme Court upheld Georgia’s prohibition on abortions after six weeks, but he still overturned it.

In 2014, McBurney presided over a family dispute involving the kids of well-known civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The crux of this legal conflict was who owned and controlled Dr. King’s Bible and his Nobel Peace Prize.

The main source of contention was Dr. King’s daughter Bernice, who resisted giving her brothers the items. She argued that the items held deep symbolic and personal significance for her and expressed concern that her brothers might want to sell them.

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The judge compared Coca-Cola’s reluctance to reveal the recipe for its iconic soda to Bernice King’s reluctance to part with her father’s possessions.

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