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Published on May 24, 2024
Fulton County DA Counters Judge's Call, Appeals Dropped Trump Charges in GA Election FightSource: Google Street View

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is taking a swing at a recent court decision that dismissed several charges against former President Donald Trump. According to FOX 5 Atlanta, Willis' appeal challenges Judge Scott McAfee's order, which shoved off six counts from the 41-count indictment in the high-stakes game of legal chess surrounding the Georgia election interference case.

In a noteworthy turn of events, the appeal was incited by a defense motion to reconsider the judge's earlier pronouncement allowing Willis to stay on, given a romantic entanglement involving herself and a special prosecutor. As KTVZ, a CNN affiliate, reports, the Court of Appeals is set to review not only Willis' qualifications but also other decisions by McAfee that left dangling the possibility of a delayed trial date.

The dismissed counts, which the prosecutors believe to still have legs, include charges of Trump and others soliciting officials to violate their oaths. These allegations hinge on attempts to unlawfully influence Georgia's certified election returns or appoint presidential electors. The contentious conversations, like the one on January 2, 2021, where Trump is recorded stating, "All I want to do is this. I just want to find 11,780 votes, which is one more than we have," remain a cornerstone of the unsettled legal battle, KTVZ elucidated.

Despite the setback, the majority of the indictment persists, leaving Trump entangled in a web of legal accusations alongside co-defendants like Rudy Giuliani, Mark Meadows, and several attorneys caught up in the fray. Trump has maintained his innocence with a blanket plea of not guilty. In unfolding developments, Steve Sadow, representing Trump in the Peach State, labeled Willis' appeal as "not unexpected," in a statement obtained by FOX 5 Atlanta. Meanwhile, the defense is pushing hard to see Willis removed from the proceedings altogether.

While the Georgia Court of Appeals deliberates on these pressing matters, the calendar for these proceedings remains up in the air. As the defense and prosecution dig their heels, the possibility of a drawn-out legal saga looms large, with any potential trial start fading further into an uncertain future according to details from both FOX 5 Atlanta and KTVZ.