Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has charged former President Donald Trump under Georgia’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), according to reports from NPR, NBC News, and AP News. The charges are part of a larger investigation into Trump and his associates’ alleged involvement in election interference.
The decision to charge Trump under RICO, typically associated with mobsters, has led to intense debates. Some see it as a powerful tool in prosecuting Trump, while others believe it could backfire, as reported by Reuters.
Meanwhile, in Georgia, dozens of radicals have been charged in connection with the so-called “Stop Cop City” movement. Three dozen have been slapped with domestic terrorism charges, and three have been hit with felony intimidation charges.
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr (R) came through with a sweeping indictment, charging 61 extremists in Fulton County with racketeering charges. All of those indicted are members of Defend the Atlanta Forest, which Carr’s office characterized as an “anarchist, anti-police, and anti-business extremist organization.”
The Cop City Vote Coalition has called the charges “authoritarian” and “anti-democratic,” while the ACLU has described them as “unprecedented and extremely concerning.” However, Carr has staunchly defended his actions, stating, “If you come to our state and shoot a police officer, throw Molotov cocktails at law enforcement, set fire to police vehicles, damage construction equipment, vandalize private homes and businesses, and terrorize their occupants, you can and will be held accountable.”
The case against Trump and the 61 leftists has been assigned to Fulton County Superior Court Judge Kimberly Esmond Adams.