Georgia appeals court agrees to hear Trump's appeal in Fani Willis case

The appeals process is likely to cause further delays in the Georgia case against the former president.

Published: May 8, 2024 10:07am

Updated: May 8, 2024 10:19am

The Georgia Court of Appeals announced Wednesday that it will hear former President Donald Trump's appeal of an upper court judge's decision to disqualify Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in her 2020 election case against Trump and co-defendants. 

"Upon consideration of the Application for Interlocutory Appeal, it is ordered that it be hereby GRANTED," the order reads.

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee, who is presiding over Willis' case that Trump and the co-defendants tired to change the result of the 2020 election, ruled earlier this year that Willis did not have to step down, despite having had an romantic and financial relationship with her principal deputy on the case, Nathan Wade, which raised concerns of impropriety and unethical conduct. 

McAfee ruled that either Wade or Willis would have to step down from the case and Wade complied with the order. 

Trump and his co-defendants immediately moved to appeal his decision, which McAfee granted

Now that the appeals court has taken up the case, it is likely the trial will face further delays as the 2024 election fast approaches. 

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