Appeals court to hear arguments over whether Fani Willis should be disqualified

 May 9, 2024

In March, Judge Scott McAfee rejected a request from former President Donald Trump's legal team that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis be disqualified from his case.

Yet Willis' victory may be short lived, however, as the Georgia Court of Appeals announced this week that it will review McAfee's decision. 

Trump welcomes chance to appeal "political persecution"

According to The Hill, that announcement came on Wednesday in the form of a one-page ruling which read, "Upon consideration of the Application for Interlocutory Appeal, it is ordered that it be hereby GRANTED."

Steve Sadow is one of Trump's lawyers, and he said his client "looks forward to presenting interlocutory arguments to the Georgia Court of Appeals as to why the case should be dismissed and Fulton County DA Willis should be disqualified for her misconduct in this unjustified, unwarranted political persecution."

At issue is Wade's romantic relationship with former special prosecutor Nathan Wade, who she hired to help prosecute Trump.

Willis praised Wade for his "professionalism and dignity"

Fox News reported that Wade resigned from his position in March after McAfee said Willis would be disqualified if he remained on the case.

"I am offering my resignation in the interest of democracy, in dedication to the American public, and to move this case forward as quickly as possible," Wade wrote in his resignation letter.

For her part, Willis responded to Wade with a letter of her own in which she praised the "professionalism and dignity" he had shown.

The district attorney also spoke of him having "endured threats against you and your family, as well as unjustified attacks in the media and in court on your reputation as a lawyer."

Judge indefinitely postpones classified documents case

Willis was not the only anti-Trump prosecutor to be dealt a legal blow this week, as Special Counsel Jack Smith did so as well.

On Tuesday, Judge Aileen Cannon indefinitely postponed Trump's classified documents trial, which had been scheduled to start on May 20.

Stephen Gillers serves as a law professor at New York University, and he told Newsweek that Smith has little chance of getting Cannon's order reversed.

"There is no right to appeal from her decision. Mandamus is a way to get appellate review in extreme cases where appeal is not possible but the trial judge's decision is clearly wrong," he explained.

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