ATLANTA, Ga (CW69 News at 10 / TBEN) – Georgia State Representative Park Cannon will not be charged with 2 crimes resulting from her arrest as she protested against the state’s new election law his lawyer confirmed to TBEN on Wednesday.
Cannon’s attorney, Gerald Griggs, told TBEN they learned of the ruling during a phone call earlier Wednesday and that receiving the news was “moving.”
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“Facts and evidence have shown the world that Representative Cannon has committed no crime and should never have been arrested,” Griggs wrote on Twitter. “We thank the district attorney for his thorough examination of the evidence and assess our next legal actions,” he added.
“Facts and evidence have shown the world that @ Cannonfor58 did not commit any crime and should never have been arrested. We thank the District Attorney for his thorough review of the evidence and assess our future legal actions. ” #gapol #KeepKnocking #ProtectBlackwomen pic.twitter.com/s6r2Iq9vNw
– Gerald A. Griggs (@AttorneyGriggs) April 7, 2021
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Wednesday that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said she considers the case closed after reviewing the evidence and will not take the case to a major jury.
Willis’ office did not immediately respond to TBEN’s request for comment.
On March 25, Cannon was arrested and kicked out of the Georgia Capitol after repeatedly knocking on the door of Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s office while signing the controversial Election Bill. The Democratic lawmaker was taken to Fulton County Jail and released later that night.
She was facing charges of obstructing crime and disrupting the General Assembly session, according to an arrest affidavit viewed by TBEN.
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The arrest affidavit also alleged that Cannon “stomped” on the foot of a Georgia State Patrol officer “three times during the arrest and while she was being escorted off the property” and continued to walk. kicking the officer with his heels.
“The facts and evidence, as we know them, are inconsistent with the claims in this report,” Griggs told TBEN’s Don Lemon in an interview last week.
Griggs also told TBEN that Cannon’s arrest was illegal under the Georgia state constitution and that they hoped the district attorney would dismiss the case after reviewing the video and evidence.
Cannon told Lemon that she felt “it was important to be there” to try and witness the signing of the bill for the sake of transparency.
She had faced up to eight years in prison, according to Griggs.
Georgia’s new electoral law imposes new voter identification requirements for postal ballots, reduces the number of ballot boxes in large counties and shortens the duration of the second round of elections, among other provisions.
Kemp has championed what he says are efforts to streamline the voting process. “The facts are that this new law will expand access to the vote in Peach State.”
Despite being fiercely defended by Republicans in Georgia, the law has sparked civil rights lawsuits, backlash from big business and CEOs and condemnation from Democratic politicians, activists, athletes and artists. . Last Friday, Major League Baseball announced it would move its All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to the law, which would later cost state revenues and draw criticism from Kemp and others. republicans.
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