Takeaways From the 2-Day Fani Willis Disqualification Hearing – EVOL

Ms. Willis is contesting allegations that she financially benefited from hiring attorney Nathan Wade, who was at one point a romantic partner.

After a two-day hearing over a motion to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis from the high profile racketeering case naming former President Donald Trump, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee has to sort out remaining issues with privileged evidence, call attorneys back to conference, and issue an order.

President Trump was indicted last August alongside 18 codefendants, four of whom have since taken guilty pleas for allegedly violating state racketeering laws with their efforts to challenge the 2020 election results.

In January, attorney Ashleigh Merchant, representing codefendant Michael Roman, filed a motion to disqualify Ms. Willis, alleging a conflict of interest in her hiring of the lead prosecutor.

Nathan Wade, an attorney with his private law practice, was appointed special prosecutor in the case.

Ms. Merchant alleged Ms. Willis and Mr. Wade began dating before she hired him, as early as 2019, and that Ms. Willis benefited financially from the situation because Mr. Wade spent thousands on “lavish” vacations with Ms. Willis after his appointment.

Defendants had to show that there was a conflict of interest and that Ms.



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