Governor Kemp Revives Prosecutor Sanctions Panel

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed a law Wednesday that lets a state commission begin operating with powers to discipline and remove prosecutors. Reporting asserts that the panel could, potentially, “disrupt Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ prosecution of former President Donald Trump.”

Governor Kemp claimed, as he signed the bill, that “This legislation will help us ensure rogue and incompetent prosecutors are held accountable if they refuse to uphold the law.” Kemp elaborated, making an oblique reference to jurisdictions controlled by leftist / progressive governments and their prosecutors. “As we know all too well, crime has been on the rise across the country, and is especially prevalent in cities where prosecutors are giving criminals a free pass or failing to put them behind bars due to lack of professional conduct.”

Background information discloses that Kemp signed legislation last year creating the Prosecuting Attorneys Qualifications Commission, but the panel “was unable to begin operating after the state Supreme Court in November refused to approve rules governing its conduct.” Reporting asserts that the “justices said they had “grave doubts” about their ability to regulate the duties of district attorneys beyond the practice of law.” Evidently the legislators learned a lesson. “Tuesday’s measure removes the requirement for Supreme Court approval.”

Republican House Speaker Jon Burns of Newington said the House’s efforts have not been directly aimed at Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. Burns told reporters after the law was signed that: “For us in the House our focus is not on any one person, not on any one situation. It’s about asking the folks that are elected, just like me, to do their jobs and protect the citizens of this state.”

D & B Staff

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