One other Trump defendant requires Willis elimination in Ga. election case

In a response filed Friday, the DA’s workplace and Wade acknowledged the non-public relationship however mentioned it doesn’t require Willis or the workplace to be faraway from the case. Superior Court docket Decide Scott McAfee has set a Feb. 15 listening to on the matter.

Credit score: Arvin Temkar/AJC

Credit score: Arvin Temkar/AJC

Shafer’s attorneys cited Willis’ remarks on the weekend of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday at Huge Bethel AME Church. Throughout a speech from the pulpit, Willis questioned why Wade, who’s Black, was being singled out when her different two particular prosecutors are white.

“The apparent intent of her remarks was to inject and infect the jury pool in Fulton County with unfounded allegations that anybody who dares query her or Mr. Wade’s conduct should have executed so for racist functions,” the movement mentioned. “These feedback represent prosecutorial, forensic misconduct and warrant her elimination and that of her workplace from the prosecution of this case.”

The argument is much like one other disqualification movement filed by attorneys for Trump, who additionally honed in on Willis’ remarks at Huge Bethel.

Shafer is charged within the racketeering case for being a GOP elector on the state Capitol on Dec. 14, 2020, casting an Electoral School vote for Trump though recounts confirmed Joe Biden had received Georgia.

In prior courtroom filings, Shafer’s attorneys — Craig Gillen, Anthony Lake and Holly Pierson — mentioned Shafer was following the recommendation of counsel on the time and that it was not unlawful to solid a conditional vote for Trump.

On Monday, Shafer additionally requested that McAfee change the venue for the case’s later phases to a Georgia county that’s extra evenly divided politically.

Shafer recommended that jury choice and the trial happen in both Burke or Peach counties, the place former President Donald Trump narrowly acquired extra votes over Democrat Joe Biden in 2020.

”Switch of venue to both Burke County or Peach County will guarantee an neutral and fewer politically partisan jury, will assist protect any trial on this motion and any jurors from the extraordinary focus of the information media, and can help in securing a good trial for the defendants,” Shafer’s attorneys argued, noting that greater than 70% of Fulton County voters opted for Biden in 2020.

Voters in Burke County, positioned south of Augusta and about 160 miles east of downtown Atlanta, picked Trump over Biden 50.5% to 48.8% 4 years in the past.

Peach County, southwest of Macon and about 100 miles from downtown Atlanta, has a historical past as one in all Georgia’s bellwether counties. In 2020, Trump received Peach with 51.8% of the vote.Shafer famous feedback Fulton DA Fani Willis has made about threats of violence she’s acquired since launching the case.

”Given the threats acquired by the District Legal professional, Mr. Shafer believes {that a} hazard of violence exists if Mr. Shafer and the opposite defendants are subjected to a trial in Fulton County,” his workforce argued.

Shafer isn’t the one defendant to push for a change of venue. Codefendant Harrison Floyd has requested that the case be moved to Espresso County, the south Georgia county that’s of curiosity to Fulton prosecutors as a consequence of a breach of voting information.

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