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Fulton County DA Paul Howard. Fulton County DA Paul Howard. Photo: John Disney/ALM

Three former prosecutors say Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard has issued an invalid grand jury subpoena for police records tied to a former officer charged with fatally shooting Rayshard Brooks.

Former DeKalb County District Attorney Jeff Brickman and former Cobb County DA Tom Charron said Howard’s issuance of a grand jury subpoena without actually having a grand jury impaneled violates a state requirement that subpoenas be tied to a specific court date. No grand jury has been impaneled in Fulton County since March 13 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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R. Robin McDonald

Daily Report reporter R. Robin McDonald's journalism career includes stints as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Wichita Eagle, and The Anniston Star and as a trial tracker at CourtTV and CNN. She is the author of two true crime books -- Black Widow: The True Story of the Hilley Poisonings and Secrets Never Lie: The Death of Sara Tokars.

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