A camera clicks. In a fraction of a second, the shutter opens and then closes, freezing forever the image in front of it. When the camera shutter blinked inside a jail in downtown Atlanta Thursday, it both created and documented a tiny inflection point in American life.
Former President Donald Trump has been booked into the Fulton County Jail on 13 felony charges stemming from interference with the results of Georgia's 2020 presidential election.
The Fulton County sheriff says he'll treat the former president according to the jail's normal practices. That includes taking a booking photo, which could become a famous — or infamous — image.
It's not clear whether the former president will have a mug shot taken when he appears in a Manhattan court on Tuesday. And even if he does, a state mug shot law may prevent the public from seeing it.
The Boston Globe has begun letting people ask to revisit or remove past coverage of their actions that has since damaged their reputations. Here's how a similar effort has played out in Cleveland.