“As district attorney, I will enforce the law without fear or favor. Anyone who commits a felony violation of Georgia law in my jurisdiction will be held accountable,“Fani Willis, Fulton County District Attorney
While violent crime continues to be top of mind to many residents of Fulton County, the District Attorney, Fani Willis, has reportedly reached out to the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol in an effort to gain access to documents that would help in her investigation of Donald Trump’s efforts to change the official result of Georgia’s election.
Willis’s office recently made headlines because a huge backlog of violent crime cases, including murder cases, had yet to be indicted. Her office had been working hard to make sure that murder cases beat the deadline, but just a week ago, in her words, four or five hundred defendants in other violent crime cases are now eligible for bond and therefore will be released back onto the streets while her office catches up. In Willis’s defense, she inherited 11,000 of these cases when she took office, and she took steps, like running multiple grand juries and asking the Fulton County Commission for additional resources, to tackle the giant mountain of work.
And yet, she still had time to reach out to Congress to ask for help in her investigation of Trump.
I am not going to get into the debate about whether Trump committed a crime or not. However I will point out that Fani Willis is a Democrat and we live in highly partisan times. Holding her investigation of Trump to a time it would be politically advantageous to announce charges would be a politically-smart yet decidedly wicked move. If she has the time and resources to continue her investigation of Trump then for the good of the country she needs to get on with it and bring it to some sort of conclusion.
We have some very serious problems facing our country. In Fulton County that means a huge back log of unprosecuted cases. If we are going to focus on these problems we are going to need to move on from 2020 as quickly as possible. Fani Willis can do her part by either getting on with it or moving on from it. But waiting until the political timing is right would contribute in a real way to the polarized nature of politics in America. And that is another problem.