Dive into the latest legal twists. Follow the judge’s decision on the motion to disqualify Fani Willis from the Trump Georgia election case.
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee has confirmed an evidentiary hearing on Thursday to address a Trump co-defendant’s motion. The motion seeks to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and her office from prosecuting the 2020 election interference case in Georgia, along with dropping all charges against the co-defendant, Michael Roman.
Roman, a former Republican National Committee staffer, alleges an improper relationship between Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade, claiming Willis paid him over $650,000 for his work and received financial benefits from cruises and trips with Wade.
Judge McAfee declined to quash subpoenas for witnesses, including Willis and Wade, and mentioned a potential need for a hearing to determine the validity of the alleged facts. Key issues to be addressed include the nature of the relationship, its timeline, potential ongoing aspects, and any personal benefits derived from it.
While some arguments from Roman’s attorney were deemed irrelevant by Judge McAfee, such as Wade’s experience, he emphasized that the hearing is essential to establish the record on core allegations.
Anna Cross, representing the Fulton County D.A., sought to quash motions for witness testimony, arguing that the defense presented gossip rather than legal arguments. She reiterated the D.A.’s stance that there’s no basis for dismissing the indictment and asserted that none of the witnesses subpoenaed possess relevant information.
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In August, a grand jury in Fulton County indicted Trump and associates on charges related to election fraud and racketeering. Four out of the 19 charged individuals, including three lawyers, have pleaded guilty, while Trump and the remaining defendants maintain their not guilty pleas.