A ragtag team of right-wing activists, a former Trump administration official and a disgraced former state attorney general have launched an amateur ‘grand jury’ to vote on whether to indict Dr. Anthony Fauci for fictitious criminal charges. But the effort could also become a boon for its organizers, with grand jury positions selling for up to $2,500.
The upstart organization, dubbed “America’s Grand Jury,” has no real legal power. Instead, starting April 11, the group will perform a live presentation of Fauci’s “prosecution.” The mock grand jury will also include “evidence” presented by vaccine opponents, including Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Dr. Robert Malone.
The event will end with the grand jury voting on whether to indict Fauci. Unlike a real grand jury, however, seats on this grand jury were sold to Fauci haters willing to spend money to express their dislike of the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. A jury voting spot starts at $25 and goes up from there, with those willing to pay $2,500 for ‘VIP juror’ status receiving one-night access to mingle with anti-vaccine celebrities in the Green Room of the Grand Jury.
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The Fake Grand Jury even has its own line of merchandise, with jurors paying at least $100 to achieve the special promised “super juror” title “swag.”
The US grand jury did not respond to requests for comment. Its website referred media inquiries to a far-right group called Unity Project, an anti-vaccine group that supported a trucking convoy that traveled to Washington to protest Covid restrictions.
While the “Grand Jury of America” does not have the capacity to actually indict Fauci, its website states that it will “decide whether Anthony Fauci should be INDICATED.” In a much smaller font elsewhere on the page, the group notes that they won’t actually be able to charge Fauci.
The bogus grand jury effort is being led by Curtis Hill, Indiana’s attorney general between 2017 and 2021. But while Hill now seeks to indict Fauci, he’s recently had his own legal troubles. In 2020, the Indiana Supreme Court temporarily suspended Hill’s license to practice law after several women accused him of groping them at an event.
Hill then lost his 2020 re-election bid to another Republican. The former Attorney General is also known in his state as an Elvis Presley impersonator.
Hill was joined on the prosecution team by Parisa Fishback, a California bankruptcy attorney who gained some fame on the right as a parent opposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
The grand jury witnesses, meanwhile, are prominent anti-vaccine activists and fringe doctors. Along with Kennedy and Malone, the witness list includes Dr. Paul Alexander, who advised the Trump administration during the pandemic and called for a herd immunity strategy by pushing more people to contract the virus, saying “we want ‘they are infected’.
Although the grand jury has no legal power, it is capitalizing on right-wing fury at Fauci over coronavirus restrictions. In January, Fauci said he and his family had faced death threats over conspiracy theories claiming he had somehow played a role in the creation of the coronavirus.
Vigilant grand juries have already been deployed by anti-government sovereign citizen activists, a group known for violent clashes with law enforcement and officials. A group of sovereign citizens in New York, for example, used mock grand juries to create what the Southern Poverty Law Center called an “alternative judicial universe” aimed at escaping current law.
The American Grand Jury, on the other hand, knows that everything is for show, without legal value. But that doesn’t mean it stops with Fauci. According to its website, the mock grand jury also plans to appoint mock grand juries for Hunter Biden and Hillary Clinton.
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