Up First briefing: Trump’s Georgia indictment; DA Fani Willis; microbes and kimchi

Former President Trump and 18 others have been indicted by a grand jury in Atlanta for alleged efforts to overturn Georgia’s 2020 election results; DA Fani Willis is leading the case.

Driving the news: The indictment, which included 41 counts, was issued last night and names former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
* All 19 defendants are accused of violating the state’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO.
* The defendants are suspected of engaging in over 160 acts that may not have all been illegal but collectively suggest a broader conspiracy to perform illegal actions.
* Much of the public’s eagerness for the grand jury’s decision was visible through photos from the courthouse.

The figure behind the indictment: Fulton County’s District Attorney Fani Willis, the first woman to be elected to this position, is known for handling high-stakes cases.
* Willis previously achieved 11 convictions in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal.
* Currently, she is seeking the death penalty and hate crime enhancements against the individual accused of killing eight people in Atlanta-area spas in 2021.

Learn more: NPR’s live blog carries detailed information about the indictment.

From the host’s desk: An essay authored by Morning Edition and Up First’s host Leila Fadel talks about the painful experience and subsequent activism of intersex advocate Pidgeon Pagonis.

Off-topic curiosities: NPR’s Pien Huang investigates why some foods like kimchi improve with age due to microbial transformations, while others spoil. Also mentioned are artist Thomas Dambo’s whimsical troll sculptures in Washington state, Jamal Jawad’s perseverance amidst difficulties in his custard shop business, and former NFL star Michael Oher’s dispute over the misuse of his likeness and personal narrative.

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