It is expected that former President Donald Trump will have his mugshot taken in Georgia before the end of next week.
If Trump does become the first-ever president to have his booking photo taken then it will surely become one of the most famous images of the 21st century.
The former president has already been indicted three times and arraigned twice but has so far avoided having his mugshot taken.
But the Sheriff of Fulton County Pat Labat says that Trump will be treated just like any other person when he surrenders after being charged with 13 counts, including racketeering.
“Unless somebody tells me differently, we are following our normal practices, and so it doesn’t matter your status, we’ll have a mugshot ready for you,” Labat says.
Officials have given Trump and 18 co-defendants until noon on August 25 to hand themselves into the authorities in Georgia.
In his previous indictments, the former president has only had his fingerprints taken but at this point, it looks like his trip to Fulton County will include a mugshot.
What Will Happen When Trump Arrives in Georgia?
In a further statement released yesterday, the sheriff’s office addressed the question of where Trump will be arrested and processed.
“At this point, based on guidance received from the district attorney’s office and presiding judge, it is expected that all 19 defendants named in the indictment will be booked at the Rice Street Jail,” the statement says.
“Keep in mind, defendants can turn themselves in at any time. The jail is open 24/7. Also, due to the unprecedented nature of this case, some circumstances may change with little or no warning.”
Trump and his 18 co-defendants, which include Rudy Giuliani, were charged on Monday with violating Georgia’s Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) statute that prohibits racketeering.
Fulton Country District Attorney Fany Willis argues that Trump and his co-conspirators “constituted a criminal organization” to overthrow the 2020 election.
Georgia’s RICO statute is punishable by between five to 20 years in prison.
Fulton Country has also raised the possibility of allowing cameras into the courtroom for a televised trial.
Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney allowed cameras to record Trump’s indictment on Monday and has indicated that policy will stay throughout Trump’s proceedings.
Image credits: All photos by Adam Gray.