Judge Scott McAfee draws a primary challenger

 March 9, 2024

New twists and turns in the hearing involving Fulton County DA Fani Willis and Judge Scott McAfee are seemingly happening by the day. 

Fox News reported that the judge has now drawn a challenger in an upcoming nonpartisan election that will occur in May, with a possible runoff in June.

Judge McAfee is not only overseeing the election interference case against Trump in the state of Georgia, but he'll also soon decide whether or not to remove DA Willis from the case entirely.

Willis has also drawn primary challengers in the wake of the drama surrounding her possible removal from the case due to a potential conflict of interest with prosecutor Nathan Wade.

Who's the challenger?

McAfee will soon face off with a man called Robert Patillo, an Atlanta-based radio host and civil rights attorney.

Fox News noted:

Patillo, a civil rights attorney, is the former executive director of the social justice group Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which was founded by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, and has previously billed himself as "a conservative Democrat," according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Patillo recent explained to Fox News Digital why he decided to run for McAfee's seat.

"I've always told myself if I had an opportunity to fix it from the inside, I would do so," Patillo told the outlet. "Our campaign is based on the idea of competency, on compassion and on creating change within the court system."

Referring to McAfee, he added, "And you have to have an outside voice, someone who's outside that prosecutor-to-bench pipeline in order to have the ability to make those changes."

Rule of law, not rule of men

Patillo continued, saying he believes that justice should be fair in the county and not based on what he said is money or status, making obvious nods to the ongoing Trump case.

"We need to have a system that operates the same for all people, a state where you have the rule of law, not the rule of men, that where you get special treatment based upon your celebrity status based upon the amount of money that you have," Patillo said.

He added, "I think that anybody who's been through the Fulton County court system would have loved to have had two weeks of hearings on a side issue on your case versus waiting either four or five years for your case to go to trial."

McAfee, appointed by Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp last year to fill a vacancy on the bench, will end his term on Dec. 31, 2024.

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