Fani Willis Avoids Testimony in Special Prosecutor’s Divorce Case After Settlement

Fani Willis
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In a recent development reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis may be spared from testifying in the divorce proceedings of her special prosecutor, following a temporary settlement reached by Nathan Wade with his soon-to-be ex-wife.

This development comes amid swirling allegations that Willis and Wade were involved in an inappropriate romantic relationship, which had raised questions about Willis’s professional conduct. The temporary accord between Nathan Wade and his estranged wife was formalized when Cobb County Superior Court Judge Henry Thompson signed off on the settlement this Tuesday.

This agreement arrived just weeks after Willis was served with a subpoena by Joycelyn Wade, marking a significant turn in the unfolding legal drama. Despite this resolution in the divorce case, Willis is not out of the woods yet, told Forbes.

She is currently facing a legal challenge from attorney Ashleigh Merchant, who has filed a motion seeking Willis’s disqualification from her role in prosecuting the high-profile case against former President Donald Trump, related to alleged election interference.

This motion has prompted Fulton Superior Court Judge Scott McAfee to schedule a hearing on February 15, where Willis is expected to address allegations concerning Wade’s financial expenditures on joint vacations to California and the Caribbean.

The appointment of Nathan Wade as special prosecutor in November 2021, coinciding with his filing for divorce, has been a focal point of scrutiny. Wade’s billing rate to the county, deemed “relatively inexpensive” at $250 per hour, has come under fire from critics.

These detractors argue that some of the funds might have been used to finance the controversial trips he embarked on with Willis, adding another layer of complexity to the already intricate legal and ethical maze surrounding the case.

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