A legal ethics expert is advising Fani Willis to stand aside and allow someone else to prosecute President Trump if she wants to save the case.
But, as we all know, Democrats do not do anything for which there is no benefit for themselves. If Willis steps aside, the investigations against her will not go away.
She probably feels her best bet is to hold onto power and fight the charges from a position of strength rather than as a bystander.
Georgia State University law professor Clark D. Cunningham warned in the NYT op-ed that the effects on the case could be astronomical if she remains on the case.
What he doesn’t take into account is that many top prosecutors would not be willing to take up such a weak case and make themselves look like fools.
Don’t believe me? Look at who is prosecuting Trump. Willis, Jack Smith, Letitia James, and Alvin Bragg. This is not a Dream Team, it is a Scream Team.
“I believe the judicious and farsighted course would be for Ms. Willis to take a personal leave of absence and turn over control of the district attorney’s office, and the case against Mr. Trump, to a career deputy district attorney. Doing so would be an act of public service by Ms. Willis — and more important, offer the best option for keeping the criminal case on track and holding Mr. Trump and his co-defendants accountable for their actions in the 2020 election if that is the just outcome.”
“If Ms. Willis and Mr. Wade are dismissed by Judge McAfee, it will be up to a state agency, the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia, to appoint a prosecutor to take over from Ms. Willis. And that’s where things could really go off the rails. Take one precedent: On July 25, 2022, Ms. Willis was disqualified from prosecuting Burt Jones, who was then a state senator, after she hosted a fund-raiser for Mr. Jones’s eventual opponent in the race for lieutenant governor. Eighteen months later, the PACGA still hasn’t appointed a special prosecutor, and Mr. Jones, now lieutenant governor, has not even been indicted.”
“Delay is not even the worst possible outcome for the case if Ms. Willis is disqualified. A special prosecutor could decide to reduce or dismiss charges against some or all of the defendants, including Mr. Trump.”
A legal ethics expert in Georgia called for Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to “step aside” to preserve the case against former President Donald Trump in a Wednesday New York Times op-ed.
Attorneys for Michael Roman, a former Trump campaign aide, filed a motion Jan.8 alleging that Willis, who hired Nathan Wade as a special prosecutor to help probe and prosecute the former president, was in a romantic relationship with him. Georgia State University law professor Clark D. Cunningham warned in the NYT op-ed that the effects on the case could be substantial if Willis was disqualified.
Willis secured an indictment against Trump and other defendants, including Roman, in August over the former president’s alleged efforts to contest the results of the 2020 election in Georgia, which Joe Biden won by less than 12,000 votes.
Cunningham pointed to Willis’ disqualification in the probe into Republican Lieutenant Gov. Burt Jones of Georgia as an example of the stakes.