Many legal experts believe the strongest case against former “president” Donald Trump is the case being investigated in Georgia by District Attorney Fani Willis. In fact, the New York Times refers to the case as “the most consequential legal threat” to Trump. Of course, if you listen to Donald Trump (If you can), he describes his phone call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger “perfect.” Yeah, he said the same thing about his blackmail call to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and we all know that call was far less than “perfect.” The same can be said about his call to Raffensperger, where he asked the elections official to “find” enough votes to declare him the winner. If you’re an oldster like me, this harkens back to a TV show called “Good Times” where JJ used to “find” things that he had stolen, but I digress. New York Times wrote a profile of DA Fani Willis, and Trump might should be afraid.
Willis is no rookie to her job. She spent years working under prior prosecutors and quickly became one of the chief prosecutors in the office. She is afraid of no one, let alone a blowhard like Donald Trump. This woman frequently prosecutes gangs under RICO and conspiracy, and she uses their lyrics against them in her indictments. Like these gang members, she sees Donald Trump and his crew who tried to overturn the election in Georgia as a “criminal enterprise.” She’s right, you know. They absolutely conspired together to break the law in Georgia because they didn’t like the outcome of the 2020 election. Some people just can’t take “no” for an answer, and Fani Willis is determined to make them understand that that failure will be their downfall.
To date, Willis has called dozens of witnesses before the special grand jury. She has had to fight to make much of it happen, including fighting with Lindsey Graham and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. Both lost their attempts to skip testifying, though a federal judge limited Graham’s testimony, which was a blow of sorts because the judge ruled that prosecutors cannot ask about Graham’s “investigatory fact-finding on telephone calls to Georgia election officials.” Graham wasn’t fact-finding; he was following Trump’s lead and trying to get legally cast votes thrown out. Regardless, Graham is going to have to testify, as is Governor Kemp, though his testimony has been allowed to wait until after the Midterm elections in November. Unrattled, Willis continues with her investigation.
Willis is confident, and she is the first Black female to lead the state’s largest district attorney’s office. She has led over 100 jury trials, handled hundreds of murder cases, and her office’s conviction rate now stands at close to 90%. She won’t be an easy mark for Trump and his cronies. She kowtows to no one. As NYT reported, in response to correspondence from Brian Kemp’s attorney, she responded: “You have taken my kindness as weakness. Despite your disdain this investigation continues and will not be derailed by anyone’s antics.” That’s about as clear as she can make herself, and potential defendants in her investigation might want to make note of that.
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years