Ms. Ellis, who has portrayed her indictment as an unfair political persecution to be overcome through faith and positivity, tried to take ownership of a process more often seen as intimidating or humiliating.
She posted her mug shot online, with an empowering quote from Psalms: “Shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.”
Having a Fulton County mug shot may even become a marker of status among Mr. Trump’s most die-hard supporters: Amy Kremer, who helped organize the rally that preceded the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol, posted a doctored photo of herself — unsmiling — in front of the Fulton County Sheriff’s sign, though she has not been charged in Georgia.
The mug shot is supposed to be a leveler, subjecting the mighty and the powerless to the same objective lens. And many Trump enemies have criticized the U.S. Marshals Service for declining to take mug shots, as they would with other defendants, when the former president was booked on federal charges in Miami and Washington.
This time will be different.
Politicians, as a general rule, have approached their bookings as political events that will ultimately influence the legal outcome.