The Memo Prosecutors Do Not Want Grand Jurors To See
Updated: Sep 6, 2022
By Donald V. Watkins
©Copyrighted and Published on April 12, 2018
On March 14, 2018, my attorney sent federal prosecutors in the Birmingham, Alabama a detailed Memorandum addressing and rebutting the allegations of wrongdoing that are the subject of an ongoing Grand Jury investigation into my business and personal affairs. We requested that the Memorandum, which was voluntarily submitted to prosecutors, be provided to the Grand Jury because it serves as a comprehensive guide to exculpatory evidence that could be easily verified by documents in the possession of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
As an officer of the court and former prosecutor, I knew the information presented in this Memorandum would be helpful to Grand Jurors as they evaluated anecdotal evidence proffered by witnesses who were handpicked by prosecutors and asked carefully worded, one-sided questions about transactions that were (a) taken completely out of context and (b) designed to paint me in the most unfavorable light.
The Memorandum presents the business relationships and financial transactions at issue in their true, full, and complete context. The facts presented in the Memorandum are supported by hundreds of thousands of documents that were created and maintained in the regular course of business.
The Grand Jury in my case met in Birmingham on March 30, 2018. It is scheduled to meet again in Birmingham on April 24, 2018.
Reportedly, the prosecutors who are conducting the federal investigation have withheld this Memorandum from the Grand Jurors. Sections 9-11.010 and 9-11.233 of the U.S. Attorneys Manual require these prosecutors to disclose the factual information in the Memorandum to Grand Jurors.
Under the new COINTELPRO law enforcement initiative and Blitzkrieg campaign against me, prosecutors have (a) usurped the Grand Jury’s independence and power to review the evidence disclosed in the Memorandum and (b) determined that the Memorandum contains no exculpatory information that is worthy of Grand Jury review.
You can decide whether federal prosecutors crossed the line by withholding this information and evidence from Grand Jurors. Click here to read the Memorandum.
PHOTO: The United States Attorneys Manual governs the conduct of prosecutors in grand jury proceedings.