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Fani Willis Could Be Disqualified, Judge Says

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The Feb. 15 hearing will focus specifically on the district attorney’s relationship with the special prosecutor.

Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee confirmed on Feb. 12 that the hearing about misconduct claims against Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis and special prosecutor Nathan Wade “must occur” on Feb. 15 and could lead to disqualification.

Ms. Willis is presiding over the high-profile racketeering case that names former President Donald Trump and 14 others.

“I think it’s clear that disqualification can occur if evidence is produced presenting a conflict or the appearance of one, and the filings submitted on this issue so far have presented a conflict of interest that can’t be resolved as a matter of law,” Judge McAfee said.

State attorneys had sought to quash the subpoenas on nine members of the district attorney’s office as well as an attorney who represented Mr. Wade during his divorce.

“I don’t see how quash can be imposed here,” Judge McAfee said during a Feb. 12 hearing ahead of this week’s anticipated hearing in which the district attorney will have to respond to allegations of an “improper” relationship.

On Jan. 8, defendant Michael Roman

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