September 13, 2022


In Atlanta, a local prosecutor takes on murder, street gangs, and a president (Richard Fausset, 9/12/22,  New York Times)

Fani T. Willis strode up to a podium in a red dress late last month in downtown Atlanta, flanked by an array of dark suits and stone-faced officers in uniform. Her voice rang out loud and clear, with a hint of swagger.

"If you thought Fulton was a good county to bring your crime to, to bring your violence to, you are wrong," she said, facing a bank of news cameras. "And you are going to suffer consequences."

Willis, the district attorney for Fulton County, Georgia, had called the news conference to talk about a street gang known as Drug Rich, whose members had just been indicted in a sprawling racketeering case. But she could have been talking about another crew that she is viewing as a possible criminal enterprise: former president Donald Trump and his allies who tried to overturn his narrow 2020 election loss in Georgia.

In recent weeks, Willis has called dozens of witnesses to testify before a special grand jury investigating efforts to undo Trump's defeat, including a number of prominent pro-Trump figures who traveled, against their will, from other states. It was long arm of the law stuff, and it emphasized how her investigation, although playing out more than 600 miles from Washington, D.C., is no sideshow. [...]

The phrase "I don't like a bully" is one Willis deploys often. After taking office in January, she had a quote from Malcolm X painted on the wall as a mission statement: "I'm for truth no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it is for or against."

How republican.

Posted by at September 13, 2022 12:00 AM