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Fulton County Judge Issues Brutal Ruling Against DA Willis

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A judge granted a request from a co-defendant of former President Trump in the Georgia election case to appeal the district attorney’s authority to bring charges related to election interference without referral from state election officials.

Harrison Lloyd, a former leader of Black Voices for Trump, argued the DA exceeded her jurisdiction.

While a previous judge affirmed the DA’s authority, this judge determined Lloyd’s recent motion raised significant issues for the appeals court to consider regarding the scope of the DA’s powers and whether proper procedures were followed.

“It is undisputed that no referral was sought nor granted,” Lloyd’s motion read. “Despite this Court’s explanation of ‘harmony’ amongst these statutes, to hold that the District Attorney holds concurrent jurisdiction with the SEB, and that a referral from the SEB to the District Attorney is not necessary in election-related cases, renders O.C.G.A. § 21-2-35 absolutely meaningless and superfluous.”

Lloyd’s attorneys now have 10 days to file an appeal, which the appeals court will then have 45 days to rule on.

“What’s going on in that jail, I’ve seen worse conditions in Iraq,” Lloyd said. “When I went to my cell for the first time, there was fecal matter smeared on one of the walls. The first morning that I woke up, the guy in the cell next to me was being tased.”

“I’m just grateful that I served in the United States Marine Corps infantry and I’ve dealt with worse,” he said, requesting the audience to “pray for the inmates who are in that jail.”

Several legal experts have criticized comments the DA made about prosecuting Trump as sounding more like political campaigning than assurances of a fair trial.

“Prosecutors announcing at the outset of a case who they’re indicting, the charges being brought and why is fine, but they should not make public statements that have no legitimate law enforcement purpose even in the context of a political campaign,” Atlanta defense attorney Andrew Fleischman said.

“They strengthen arguments for gag orders and disqualification, and they harm the public’s trust that this trial is about holding people accountable for crimes they have committed, rather than as part of an overall political strategy,” Fleischman added.

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