Dershowitz blasts ruling allowing Fan Willis to remain on Trump case

 March 17, 2024

Judge Scott McAfee made headlines on Friday when he issued a ruling that permitted embattled Fulton County D.A. Fani Willis to remain on the election interference case against former President Donald Trump, but that decision has since drawn a scathing rebuke from Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz, as Newsmax explains.

Taking direct aim at McAfee's actions, Dershowitz declared the ruling “utterly dishonest” as well as “weaselly,” giving voice to sentiments that were also shared by a host of other commentators.

Controversial outcome

As The Hill reported, McAfee's opinion provided a path for Willis' continued involvement in the prosecution of Trump, despite laying out the many ways in which her conduct fell short of what is expected of individuals in her position.

McAfee provided that Willis could remain at the helm of the Trump case, provided special prosecutor Nathan Wade -- with whom she was once involved romantically -- stepped down from the matter.

The judge did not offer a conclusion on whether witnesses in the Willis disqualification case lied on the stand, he did suggest that “reasonable questions” remained about the veracity of statements from both the district attorney as well as Wade.

He further asserted that “an odor of mendacity remains” and underscored a number of actions taken by Willis that may have put the prosecution in jeopardy but stopped short of removing her from the matter altogether.

Dershowitz lets loose

Speaking to Newsmax after the ruling was issued, Dershowitz did not hold back in his criticism of the judge and the conclusions he drew.

“Who are you going to believe, this judge or your lying eyes,” he asked rhetorically and in an exasperated fashion.

Speaking to McAfee's assessment of the conduct of Willis and her former paramour, Dershowitz said, “I think the result is utterly dishonest. Everybody knows...that she profited...that she conspired to commit perjury with Nathan Wade and with the other witness.”

“We all know there was an actual conflict of interest here. [McAfee] just doesn't have the guts to say it. And I predicted he wouldn't have the guts ot say it. He has to live in Fulton County,” he added.

Declaring the result “a scandal,” Dershowitz maintained that “there was an actual conflict” at issue and added, “I hope that the defendants will appeal this, and I think they can.”

Not alone

Dershowitz was not the only one unhappy with McAfee's ruling -- although perhaps for different reasons -- with The Hill noting that MSNBC legal analyst Andrew Weissmann has gone on record calling on Willis to recuse herself from the Trump case, lest she put the chances of a conviction in danger.

“I think that this is such a huge body blow, almost a fatal blow to Fani Willis,” Weissmann stated before urging her to recuse herself from the matter and expressing doubt that “she has it in her.”

The former Justice Department attorney added that Willis “clearly has no credibility with this judge,” but whether that fact will prompt her to relinquish her key role in prosecuting the man Democrats view as their number-one villain ahead of the 2024 election, only time will tell.

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