Georgia Supreme Court shoots down commission that could remove Fani Willis
Georgia Republicans took a hit this week after an initiative they pushed was blocked in the state's highest court.
According to local reports, a Republican-backed Prosecutors Oversight Board was recently blocked by the Georgia Supreme Court.
The board was previously created by the Georgia General Assembly’s Republican majorities.
The state's Supreme Court made it abundantly clear in its six-page ruling that it wasn't comfortable reviewing, let alone approving, the board and its rules.
Georgia Supreme Court justices, in their ruling, decided that they had "grave doubts" about the constitutionality of such a board, and made that clear.
The board would have provided power to remove state prosecutors based on a set of criteria.
"We have grave doubts that adopting the standards and rules would be within our constitutional power," the high court wrote. "Accordingly, we respectfully decline to take any action regarding the commission’s draft standards of conduct and rules for the commission’s governance."
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis was granted a boost by the Georgia Supreme Court when it refused to give a recently established commission the authority to remove state prosecutors. https://t.co/Ao7j2wLVFv
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) November 24, 2023
Many believe the commission was primarily established to target Fulton County DA Fani Willis, the prosecutor behind the election-related indictment against former President Donald Trump.
BREAKING: The Georgia Supreme Court "respectfully decline" to take action on proposed rules for the new Prosecuting Attorneys Qualifications Commission.
— Rahul Bali (@rahulbali) November 22, 2023
Social media reacts
The Georgia Supreme Court's decision immediately sparked backlash across social media, as many hoped the commission would be able to take action against Willis and others like her.
"If she is violating the Constitution then she needs to be held accountable," one X user wrote.
Another X user wrote, "I wouldn't call it a boost. The state can still defund her office."
The local outlet noted:
Republican legislators pushed the measure as a way to sanction prosecutors in Georgia cities led by Democrats who they said were reluctant to prosecute certain crimes, notably during the civil unrest that followed the murder of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis by a white police officer in 2020.