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Grand Jury Indicts Johnson

Attorney General Chris Carr announced the indictment of former District Attorney Jackie Johnson on charges of Violation of Oath of Public Officer and Obstruction of a Police Officer. As alleged in the indictment, the charges are related to the investigation surrounding the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery.
“Our office is committed to ensuring those who are entrusted to serve are carrying out their duties ethically and honestly,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “We thank the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Glynn County Grand Jury for their hard work. While an indictment was returned, our file is not closed, and we will continue to investigate in order to pursue justice.”
Attorney General Carr’s Prosecution Division presented evidence to a Glynn County grand jury over several months, resulting in Johnson’s indictment on Sept. 2. Specifically, the indictment charges the defendant with the following which, if convicted, can carry the respective penalties:
Violation of Oath of Public Officer – This is a felony that carries 1-5 years.
Obstruction and Hindering a Law Enforcement Officer – This is a misdemeanor that carries up to 12 months.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted in the investigation.
The indictment centers around Greg McMichael and his son Travis McMichael who, along with William Bryan, have been charged with murder in Arbery’s death.
The indictment accuses Johnson of violating her oath of District Attorney by “showing favor and affection” to Greg McMichael during the investigation into the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery and violated the Georgia Constitution by failing to treat Arbery and his family fairly and with dignity when she sought the assistance of Waycross Judicial Circuit District Attorney George E. Barnhill and recommended Barnhill to the Attorney General’s office for appointment as case prosecutor without disclosing that she had previously sought the assistance of Barnhill on the case.
The obstruction and hindering a law enforcement officer portion of the indictment alleges Johnson hindered Glynn County Police Officers Stephanie Oliver and Stephan Lowrey by directing that Travis McMichael should not be placed under arrest.

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