Judge ends hearing on DA Fani Willis' conflicts of interest

 February 16, 2024

This story was originally published by the WND News Center.

If a judge in Georgia, Scott McAfee, agrees that DA Fani Willis' personal relationship with a prosecutor she hired, her spending on him as he and she enjoyed exotic vacations and more constitutes a conflict of interest for her, a decision to remove her from her case against President Trump could delay any trial on the charges assembled by Nathan Wade under Willis' direction for a long time.

Willis has claimed in the case that President Trump and more than a dozen other people engaged in organized crime with their comments about the 2020 election.

A report from NBC said the ruling could even "scuttle" the case altogether.

A two-day hearing to document evidence about Willis' conflicts ended Friday. A decision by the judge could come at any time.

The NBC report said, "For a new prosecutor to take over the sprawling 15-defendant case would be a 'massive undertaking,' said Amy Lee Copeland, a defense lawyer and former federal prosecutor in Georgia, adding that the theoretical new prosecutor could decide to amend the charges or even 'decide not to pursue it.'"

The issue arose because a co-defendant, Michael Roman, had his lawyers raise questions about the money involved, Willis' romances, Wade's involvement and more.

McAfee said earlier, "Because I think it’s possible that the facts alleged by the defendant could result in disqualification, I think an evidentiary hearing must occur to establish the record on those core allegations."

If Willis is booted, experts explained her entire office would be as well.

"Under a 2022 Georgia law, when a district attorney is disqualified, the case is referred to the executive director of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia, who is tasked with finding another prosecutor for the case," the report said..

Pete Skandalakis. chief there, said if that happens he'd look for a qualified office to take over.

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