(FreedomBeacon.com)- With another gubernatorial race on the horizon, leftist activist Stacey Abrams’ latest legal effort to overturn Georgia’s “exact match” voter ID and citizenship checks hit a wall when one of her group’s expert witnesses was blasted in federal court during cross-examination.
Adrienne Jones, a 22-year political science professor at Morehouse College in Atlanta, was called as an expert witness by Abrams’ Fair Fight Action Inc. group in the ongoing civil trial against Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and other officials defending their voter integrity rules.
Jones admitted to writing multiple inflammatory comments after being questioned by the counsel defending Raffensperger and the state officials. One of Jones’ columns urged black women to ‘overthrow’ President Donald Trump. According to a trial transcript, another post she wrote stated Republicans sought to build internment camps for Americans.
Jones also admitted that she gave a campaign gift to Sarah Tindall Ghazal, a member of the State Election Board who is being sued by Abrams’ group. Jones donated $315 to Ghazal’s 2020 campaign for State Representative. Defense attorney Carey Miller asked Ms. Jones if she was aware that Ms. Ghazal was a defendant in this case. Jones answered, ‘No.’
Mr. Miller’s intense cross-examination was interrupted by objections from the plaintiff’s lawyers but U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones said the questioning was appropriate.
Judge Jones said he thought Mr. Miller was trying to discredit this witness, and he was allowed to do so. He went on to say that he thought the defense lawyer was trying to show him that the witness was biased.
Fair Fight was founded by Stacey Abrams after she lost the Georgia governor race in 2018 to Republican Brian Kemp. They argue voter integrity checks violate voting rights guaranteed by the First and Fourteenth Amendments and discriminate against Georgians of color and citizenship status.
Liberals hope that the case would ease restrictive election integrity standards, while Conservatives worry that it will be the first step toward abolishing citizenship checks and allowing foreigners to vote.
Noncitizen voting in local elections is already permitted in New York City.