Fani Willis on Trump Jail Time: ‘No One Gets a Special Break Because of Their Status’

 December 23, 2023

According to Fani Willis, the district attorney of Fulton County, former president Donald Trump shouldn't expect "a special break" when it comes to sentencing in the event that he is found guilty in his upcoming trial for election subversion.

The former president stands accused of thirteen felonies, including unlawfully trying to reverse his 2020 Georgia election loss to President Joe Biden. Willis has proposed that the former president and fourteen of his co-defendants stand trial on August 5, 2024, as Newsweek reported.

Trump has pled not guilty to all allegations. Willis told CNN on Thursday that Trump would receive an "appropriate" sentence regardless of this "status" if a jury finds him guilty at the conclusion of the trial.

She made the statements during a "Shaq-a-Thon" charity event in Atlanta, where she donated toys to youngsters alongside retired NBA player Shaquille O'Neal.

Prosecutors Comments

"I think that everyone in society is the same, and I don't know why that's such a difficult concept for people," Willis said when asked if Trump could face prison time.

"You can look at the charges, and based on those charges, we'll be recommending appropriate sentences. No one gets a special break because of their status."

Despite the public's desire for "instant gratification," Willis explained that the case against Trump and co-defendants would take "a while" to resolve since "the judicial process is a long process."

Willis has already dropped hints that Trump could face jail time. The Guardian reports that in an email discussion from November, she allegedly warned defense attorneys of "a long road ahead" in their careers as lawyers, even after their clients are behind bars.

If He's Found Guilty

If Trump is found guilty on all counts in Georgia, he could spend almost 70 years in prison. There are three other criminal cases against him, and a total of 78 felony charges may land him in prison for hundreds of years.

Prison officials would have a tremendous security issue if the former president were to face prison time, according to many experts who spoke with Newsweek earlier this month.

Middle Tennessee State University assistant professor of criminal justice and former FBI agent Robert Rogers expressed concern that Trump's fellow convicts may try to assassinate him "just to make a name for themselves."

After negotiating plea deals with prosecutors, four of Trump's co-defendants in the Fulton County case may be asked to testify against him.

In addition to former Trump attorneys Jenna Ellis, Sidney Powell, and Kenneth Chesebro, bail bondsman Scott Hall also pled guilty. It is quite unlikely that Trump will be offered a plea deal.

"Direct evidence" of the ex-president's wrongdoing might be provided by Chesebro, the accused mastermind of a scheme to sway the election in Trump's favor by means of fraudulent electors, according to former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance's recent Substack account.

Trump, the preeminent Republican candidate for president in 2024, has categorically denied any wrongdoing and has characterized his legal troubles as an "election interference" and a "witch hunt" orchestrated by his rivals.

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