Atlanta (AP) — Georgia Parliamentarians were arrested after knocking on the governor’s office door for making live television comments in support of a radical new election law. He just signed Prosecutors said Wednesday they would not be prosecuted.
Atlanta Democrat Park Cannon was arrested on March 25 and charged with obstructing law enforcement and confusion at the General Assembly. She was released from prison later that night.
“Maybe Cannon’s colleagues and some of the police officers involved may have offended her actions, but such feelings justify presenting them to the grand jury on arrest warrants and other felony charges. It’s not something to do, “said Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis in a statement in an email.
Republican law supporters said they needed to regain confidence in the state’s elections, but Democrats and other critics said they would specifically limit voting access to the voter community.
Rewrite of Republican support on page 98 Georgia Election Rules Added new photo ID requirements for mailing absentee ballots, empowering the State Election Commission to dismiss and replace local election officials, and water and snacks for people in line Prohibit giving and make some changes to early voting. things.
“We thanked the district attorney’s decision after we provided her with witnesses, and we immediately made public about the next steps,” said Gerald Griggs, a Canon lawyer who was informed about the district attorney’s decision by the Associated Press. I will talk to you. “
A police lieutenant in the Capitol wrote in a case report that Cannon was knocking on the door of the governor’s office and wouldn’t stop when a police officer approached him. He said the January 6th riot at the US Capitol was deep in his heart, and if he didn’t take action, “other protesters were bold to take similar action. I felt “Let’s do it.”
Griggs and others have I rejected the explanation, Said it was inconsistent with the facts.
Willis said the investigation into her office included collecting statements from multiple witnesses and Parliamentary police.
“After reviewing all the evidence, I decided to resolve this issue,” Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said in an email statement. “It was never submitted to a grand jury for consideration of prosecution and is currently closed.”
The new law follows repeated allegations of unfounded fraud after former President Donald Trump was slightly defeated by state President Joe Biden, who has steadily voted for Republican presidential candidates in recent decades. Thing. Further exacerbating Republican losses, two Democrats beat Republican US Senators in a January final vote, reversing Republican control in that election.
At least four federal proceedings have already been filed Challenge the lawClaims that it is unconstitutional and violates the Federal Voting Rights Act, which prohibits voting practices that discriminate on the basis of race or color. Some of Georgia’s largest corporate leaders, including Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola CEO, opposed the law after signing, and Major League Baseball withdrew its summer all-star game as a result of the law.