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Who is Scott McAfee? assigned to oversee Donald Trump’s Georgia case

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 16, 2023. 07:55 pm UPDATED: Aug 16, 2023. 07:55 pm

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Scott McAfee, the newest judge on the Fulton County Superior Court in Georgia, will preside over the case against former president Donald Trump and his 18 co-defendants.

The allegations against Trump and 18 of his allies stem from their joint efforts to reverse the 45th POTUS’ loss in the Peach State in the 2020 election.

Judge Robert McBurney of Fulton County Superior Court sealed the indictment on Monday night just before nine o’clock and unveiled it about two hours later. Trump, 77, is charged with 13 counts in the fourth indictment to be issued against the presidential candidate.

The former president is accused of conspiring, making false statements, breaking the oath of office of a public official, and breaking the anti-racketeering law of the Peach State.

What you need to know about Scott McAfee, the judge who will preside over Trump’s Georgia case, is as follows:

Who is Scott McAfee?

Brian Kemp, a Republican governor, appointed Scott McAfee, who took office on February 1st, 2023. Prior to taking a seat on the Superior Court, he was Georgia’s inspector general, with responsibility for policing fraud and corruption within the state’s executive branch.

McAfee earned degrees from Emory University in 2010 and the University of Georgia Law School in 2013. He is a volunteer scuba diver at the Georgia Aquarium and a father of two children.

In 2021, Kemp said of McAfee, “Scott McAfee is a strong addition to my administration.” His background as a tenacious prosecutor “enables him to look for fraud, waste, abuse, and corruption and bring offenders to justice.”

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In his more than ten years of practice, McAfee has worked for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office for three and a half of those years. He also served as an assistant district attorney in Barrow County, Georgia, and a federal prosecutor in Georgia.

McAfee has worked for the government for six months. Lin Wood, a pro-Trump attorney, was fined by McAfee in June for contempt of court for insulting his former legal colleagues. $5k was demanded from Wood.

Regarding Wood’s derogatory remarks, McAfee stated, “I can’t overlook the protracted and flagrant nature of the violation.” Wood was informed that the fine would increase to $15,000 if he was caught repeating the error in the future.

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