Georgia is a stateFor his behavior after the 2020 election loss, the ex-president’s team turned to one the most prominent and influential lawyers in Atlanta.
Dwight Thomas represented many of the region’s most high-profile defendants over more than forty years in complex, sensitive cases. Former prosecutor Clinton Rucker said that Thomas may have consulted for Trump’s team to indicate that Trump is serious about the Fulton County District Attorney Fani Wilis investigation. Rucker spent over 25 years in major cases for this office.
Rucker, who is now a municipal magistrate, stated that “if you hired Dwight Thomas then you are absolutely serious.” You believe you have exposure. However, you want someone skilled enough to examine the issues and then fight for your cause.
A spokesperson for Willis’s office confirmed that Willis had spoken with Thomas about the case and that the D.A. Willis’ office spokesperson confirmed that Thomas had spoken to Willis about the case and that the D.A. would not discuss it with anyone else. Yahoo News reported Willis had spoken to Thomas. Thomas declined to discuss his involvement via email, citing grand jury secrecy rules. Thomas’ involvement was described by a source who is familiar with the matter as “consulting” regarding special grand juries, and the laws that govern their activities.
Trump’s representatives and lawyers did not respond to requests for comment. Trump has denied any allegations of wrongdoing regarding his conduct after the 2020 election.
Recent months have seen the subpoenaing of dozens Trump supporters and allies by the special grand jury. It has alsoFrom state officials involved in an in which the then-president told Georgia election officials, “I just want to find 11,780 votes” — the number needed to erase Biden’s lead.
Rucker stated that Thomas has the most experience in special grand jury work. In that they can focus on one investigation only, special grand juries are different and can last longer than regular grand juries. Willis wrote the following when he requestedIn January, it will “have an investigatory focus that is appropriate to complex facts and circumstances.”
Thomas has represented a number of politicians and celebrities as well as former clients. T.I. was his client. He represented T.I. in a weapons case and is listed as the attorney for Alfred Megbuluba (32-year-old man indicted for pushing a woman from a Lamborghini) According to another lawyer in the case, Megbuluba will plead not guilty. Thomas defended Jason Lary (a suburban Atlanta mayor) who pleaded guilty in fraud to a scheme to defraud more than $900,000.
Thomas represented Vernon Jones in multiple matters, which was close to Trump’s heart. Jones was a national celebrity after he endorsed Trump’s 2020 reelection bid. Jones later switched to Republican party affiliation.
Campaign finance records indicate that Thomas donated most to Democrats, including $2,000 in 2021.He is currently facing a difficult reelection campaign against Trump’s endorsed challenger Herschel. Jason Sheffield, a Georgia attorney, said that Thomas would not be surprised to take on a prominent Republican client.
“He inspects any partisan views at courthouse doors. He is also extremely diligent. A prudent, fair, great negotiator. Sheffield, an adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law, said that she was thorough but, above all, just an advocate of fair law application.” She previously worked for Thomas’ office.
Sheffield stated that Thomas was the one he called for advice when he took on a controversial client. Travis McMichael is one of them.Ahmaud, a 25 year-old Black man was jogging at the time he was followed by three White men in pickup trucks. He was then gunned down.
“Before I took the case, I called Dwight. I asked him what his opinion was. It’s a very worrying case, and people are furious about it. Sheffield said that if you don’t have the ability to handle this case, you won’t be able take on any case.
Sheffield explained that this advice fits the mantra Thomas pushes his mentors to remember when advising lawyers: “If one can do it for another, then you can’t do it all for you.”
Michael Holmes, another ex-associate at his firm, echoed this sentiment.
Holmes stated, “He was a mentor for me, a father figure, friend and a phenomenal lawyer.”
The 71-year-old Thomas has mentored countless attorneys, Sheffield and Rucker said, and many of his protégés are current or former prosecutors in Fulton County.
Sheffield stated that “More prosecutors in this office have been exposed to criminal law practice through Dwight”
Rucker recalled learning from Thomas, even though he was against him.
He’ll catch you up on legalities and smile. Rucker stated that he would say “Hey, let’s go to lunch” when the whole thing is over.
Source: CBS News