Man Threatens Fani Willis, Sheriff in Trump’s Georgia Case: Indictment
An Alabama man named Arthur Ray Hanson II has been indicted in federal court for threatening a prosecutor and a sheriff involved in the investigation of former President Donald Trump’s election interference in Georgia. Hanson is accused of leaving threatening messages to Fani T. Willis, the district attorney of Fulton County, Ga., and Patrick Labat, the county’s sheriff. Mr. Hanson is facing charges for transmitting interstate threats to injure Ms. Willis and Sheriff Labat and will be formally arraigned in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on Nov. 13.
Man Indicted for Threats Against Georgia Prosecutor and Sheriff in Trump Investigation
Arthur Ray Hanson II was federally indicted on Monday for threatening Fani T. Willis, the district attorney of Fulton County, Ga., and Patrick Labat, the county’s sheriff, who were involved in the Georgia investigation concerning Donald Trump’s alleged election interference, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The Huntsville, Ala. resident left threatening voicemails for both Willis and Labat in connection to the indictment against Trump and his associates for election interference in the 2020 Presidential election.
Hanson threatened Labat for taking a mug shot of Trump, warning that he could get hurt. In another voice mail to Willis, he warned her to be careful, particularly when she is alone and to always look over her shoulder, especially when charging Trump on the fourth indictment.
Facing charges of transmitting interstate threats to injure Willis and Labat, Hanson will be arraigned on Nov. 13 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Whether or not Hanson has legal representation is currently unknown.
Willis, who has been investigating Trump and his associates for violating a Georgia state law, stated that she received more than 150 threats in two months, some via Fulton County Government’s customer service line.
Investigation of Threats Against Georgia Official
Keri Farley, the Atlanta office’s special agent, said in a statement that threats against public servants are not only illegal, but also threaten democracy.
The indictment of Hanson follows the reinstatement of a gag order on Trump in a separate case in Federal District Court, and a civil case in New York, limiting his comments about witnesses and prosecutors in the case.
Promising to protect the administration of justice, U.S. attorney Ryan K. Buchanan, stated that threats against public servants weaken societal foundations and are intended to intimidate individuals.
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