Fani Willis’ Other Scandal

Using RICO to Prosecute Black Teachers in Atlanta

Four days before the January 6 insurrection, then-president Donald Trump infamously told a state official to “find” the votes needed to overturn his 2020 loss to Joe Biden in the key state of Georgia. News of Trump’s put-me-in-jail-please phone call broke just as Fani Willis took the reins as the newly elected district attorney for Fulton County, Georgia. And she was hoping that Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensberger, hadn’t been in her county (which includes most of Atlanta) when he received Trump’s call, but he had. “I’m stuck with it,” she realized. And for the past three years, Willis has aggressively pursued the case against Trump and 18 others, so far securing guilty pleas from four of them. But now that momentum appears to have come to a screeching halt.

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Pete Tucker is a journalist based in DC. He writes at

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