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 March 22, 2024

Judge McAfee allows Trump's lawyers to appeal decision to not remove Fani Willis from case

Fulton County DA Fani Willis was ultimately not removed from her case against former President Donald Trump after bizarre and hearings that exposed her deeply conflicted relationship with the case's top prosecutor, Nathan Wade. 

While that was disappointing for many, including Trump, the judge in the case just gave the former president and his lawyers one more chance.

According to Fox News, Fulton County Superior Judge Scott McAfee ruled this week that Trump and the co-defendants in the case would be allowed to appeal his decision.

Many legal experts were stunned that Willis and her office were not removed from the case after days of testimony that shredded many of her exaggerations and lies regarding her relationship timeline with Wade.

What did the judge say?

Judge McAfee issued a certificate of immediate review on Wednesday, paving the way for Trump and eight co-defendants to appeal the decision.

"Upon review of the Defendants’ joint motion for a Certificate of Immediate Review, the Court finds that the Order on the Defendants’ Motions to Dismiss and Disqualify the Fulton County District Attorney issued March 15, 2024, ‘is of such importance to the case that immediate review should be had,'" McAfee wrote.

The ruling put Trump and his lawyers on a timeline to make the appeal happen.

Fox News noted:

The defense now has 10 days to submit an application to the Georgia Court of Appeals, which will have 45 days to decide whether they will hear the case from March 15, when the order was issued. Under Georgia law, the Georgia Court of Appeals is not required to hear the case.

Trump's head lawyer, Steve Sadow, celebrated the judge's ruling, calling it "significant."

"The defense is optimistic that appellate review will lead to the case being dismissed and the DA being disqualified," Sadow said after the ruling.

Social media reacts

Many across social media applauded the decision to allow Trump's lawyers to appeal the decision, should the appellate court take up the case.

"McAfee turned on them. This is just getting exciting," one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "I'm so relieved for you. Hopefully, the appeals court does the right thing."

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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