Fulton County ethics board won’t hear complaints against DA Fani Willis

The board decided that it doesn’t have jurisdiction over Willis, who is a state constitutional officer
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis testifies during a hearing in the case of the State of Georgia v. Donald John Trump at the Fulton County Courthouse on February 15, 2024 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Fulton County Board of Ethics was originally going to hear complaints against District Attorney Fani Willis (D) on Thursday but won’t now because of jurisdiction. 

The ethics board was initially slated to hear two complaints against Willis, following her romantic relationship with her special prosecutor, Nathan Wade, The Hill reported. Willis hired Wade to prosecute the election interference case regarding former President Donald Trump and 18 co-defendants. 

The board concluded that it doesn’t have jurisdiction over Willis, who is a state constitutional officer, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The board’s updated meeting agenda from Tuesday doesn't show the hearing on the complaints. 

One of the complaints was filed by Fulton County resident Steven Kramer, who in his Feb. 14 complaint cited Willis’ relationship with Wade and asked whether she improperly benefited from hiring him. 

Gregory Mantell, an internet-based talk show host, filed the other complaint against Willis, saying she violated “at least six sections and even more subsections” of the Fulton County Ethics Code. 

The judge overseeing Willis’ case against Trump is deciding whether she should be disqualified from the prosecution, after having multiple days of hearings where lawyers for Trump and his co-defendants argued that she should be removed. One of the attorneys argued that Willis and Wade engaged in “systematic misconduct.” 

Last Friday, the judge said he would make a decision within two weeks