Jackie Pick Deason is not required to testify about efforts by former President Donald Trump and his supporters to overturn the election results, a panel of judges ruled earlier this month.
Deason, who lives in Dallas and has been summoned to appear in court by August 31, is “not obligated” to appear before a special grand jury, according to a Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruling earlier this month. subpoena passed.
Judge Bart Richardson said in a concurring opinion, “Having expired, the underlying legal claims are now moot.
It’s unclear what impact the appeals court’s ruling will have on other potential witnesses in the Georgia investigation.
Trump-related attorney Sydney Powell, who was recently ordered to testify as part of the Fulton County District Attorney’s investigation, is also a Texas resident.
Willis’ team filed a subpoena to Deason in July, accusing her of “herself, the Trump campaign, and other multinationals involved in trying to influence the outcome of the 2020 elections in Georgia and elsewhere.” Has unique knowledge of communications between known and unknown individuals, according to court filings from Fulton County prosecutors.
Deason presented a heavily edited video before a Georgia legislator during a hearing in December 2020, according to court filings. The allegations were investigated by state election officials and quickly proven false.
A Dallas County judge earlier this year ruled that Deason must testify before a special purpose grand jury in Fulton County. I filed an appeal. Her court has nine judges, each elected for her six-year term.
In their concurring opinion, a majority of court judges ruled that Deason, Trump’s former 2020 attorney, was not required to testify. Because he was ordered to testify, the order is read as “currently lapsed.”
“In the future, if Georgia seeks to compel this witness’ testimony under another subpoena, the application of those rules may be reconsidered, but that’s another day and time,” Richard said. Song writes.
In a separate written decision by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Judge Kevin Yeary and his three colleagues found that the Fulton County Special Grand Jury “lacks the power to prosecute” and therefore technically “essentially Not “criminal”, Deason concluded that he shouldn’t. compelled to testify.
A spokeswoman for Willis declined to comment.
Court filings seeking Powell’s testimony allege Powell’s efforts to influence the outcome of the 2020 election, including her role in the violation of the voting system in Coffee County, Georgia, against herself, Trump, the Trump campaign, and others. He said he had “unique knowledge” about communicating with other people.