Fanni Willis 2028 https://t.co/UgKzrHgEs3
— John Cole (@Johngcole) February 15, 2024
I really want to thank The GOP for giving black women voters 9 whole months to plot revenge all over The United States. Thank you for your service.
— Sons of Killmonger & Disciple of Dark Brandon (@2Strong2Silence) February 16, 2024
USA Today headlined its capsule timeline “Fani Willis hearing: a salacious drama that could undermine Trump election interference case”, which just about sums up the Very Serious Concensus: This colored lady was having an extramarital sexual relationship with her big, Black employee — how could that *not* be disqualifying?!?
Richard W. Painter, at the Atlantic, felt called to chip in — “Step Aside, Fani Willis”:
After a two-day hearing in Fulton County, Georgia, we are where we were before. The defendants, charged by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis with conspiring to overturn the 2020 presidential election, attempted to make a case for her disqualification under Georgia law. In my view, they failed. The standard for disqualification has not been met, and the judge should not disqualify Willis.
But that is not the end of it. Willis is a public servant obligated to discharge the duties of her office in accordance with the best interest of the people of Georgia. In this instance, the best interest of the public dictates that she withdraw from prosecuting the case…
Arguing in opposition, Robin Givhan, at the Washington Post — “When Fani Willis took the stand, her fury was precise and laser-focused”: [gift link]
Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis (D) walked into the Georgia courtroom Thursday afternoon where lawyers were arguing over whether she would have to take the stand. It was the back half of the long day’s hearing on whether Willis should be removed from the sprawling election tampering case her office has brought against former president Donald Trump and his associates. But the debate between the dueling teams of lawyers became moot when Willis announced that she wanted to testify. Willis settled into the high-backed witness chair. And then she loosed her fury.
She began by declaring that defense attorney Ashleigh Merchant had lied in court filings when she suggested that Willis had slept with special prosecutor Nathan Wade after their first meeting. She fumed that her privacy had been invaded. She reminded Merchant that, “You think I’m on trial. These people are on trial for trying to steal an election in 2020.” And she held up paperwork filed by defense lawyers in a display of disgust. For no small amount of time, it seemed that judge Scott McAfee was a mere bystander in his courtroom…