Judge McAfee discards witness testimony against Fani Willis due to inconsistencies: court order

by | Mar 15, 2024

Superior Court of Fulton County

As part of his ruling on Friday, Judge McAfee stated that he could not rely on the testimony of Terrance Bradley, former law partner and divorce attorney for Wade, who is considered a key witness for the defense team that attempted to demonstrate Wade's romantic involvement with Willis before his appointment.

Attorney Ashleigh Merchant, representing co-defendant Michael Roman, was the lawyer who initially raised allegations against Willis and Wade. She cross-examined Bradley on the witness stand last month, questioning him about his knowledge and awareness of their romantic relationship.

Willis and Wade both maintained that their relationship began in 2022, following Wade's employment. However, this assertion contradicted certain witness testimony provided during the two-day evidentiary hearing last month.

Under oath, Bradley stated that he could not recall various details and timelines regarding conversations he had with former client Wade about Wade's romantic involvement with Willis.

Merchant referenced text messages between her and Bradley, where she inquired whether Bradley believed the relationship began before Willis hired Wade in 2021. Bradley responded “absolutely” in the text exchange.

McAfee said in his order on Friday that Bradley’s “inconsistencies, demeanor, and generally non-responsive answers left far too brittle a foundation upon which to build any conclusions.”

“While prior inconsistent statements can be considered as substantive evidence under Georgia law, Bradley’s impeachment by text message did not establish the basis for which he claimed such sweeping knowledge of Wade’s personal affairs,” McAfee wrote.

A former “good friend” of Willis and former employee at the DA's office, Robin Yeartie, testified in court, asserting that she had “no doubt” Willis and Wade's relationship began in 2019 after the two met at a conference.

Yeartie testified that she witnessed Willis and Wade engaging in “hugging,” “kissing,” and displaying “affection” before November 2021. She expressed certainty that the two were involved in a “romantic” relationship beginning in 2019 and lasting until her last conversation with Willis in 2022.

In his order issued on Friday, Judge McAfee stated that “while the testimony of Robin Yeartie raised doubts about the State’s assertions, it ultimately lacked context and detail.” He further noted that neither side was able to conclusively establish by a preponderance of the evidence when the relationship transitioned into a romantic one.

“An odor of mendacity remains, reasonable questions about whether the District Attorney and her hand-selected lead special assistant district attorney testified untruthfully about the timing of their relationship further underpin the finding of an appearance of impropriety and the need to make proportional efforts to cure it,” McAfee said

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