Fani Willis can remain on Trump’s election case in Georgia, judge rules

March 15, 2024

Judge Scott McAfee has ruled in Georgia that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and her office can continue prosecuting Donald Trump and his co-defendants, but only if special prosecutor Nathan Wade steps down. In his Friday ruling, McAfee wrote that the defense had failed to meet its burden proving that Willis "acquired an actual conflict of interest in this case through her personal relationship and recurring travels with her lead prosecutor." Those options are 1) for Willis, along with her whole office, to step aside, which would mean the case would be reassigned by a state panel to another office or prosecutor. Defendants in the election-related racketeering case against Trump and others argued that Willis and her office should be disqualified from the case, alleging a conflict of interest or at least the appearance of one. Importantly, the judge wrote that the evidence in the case "demonstrated that the financial gain flowing from her relationship with Wade was not a motivating factor on the part of the District Attorney to indict and prosecute this case."