Fani Willis and the Failure of Conservatism as Policy

And by conservatism, I mean conservatism as it is espoused and done, not think tank white papers.

A recent Messenger article describes how District Attorney Fani Willis, who has indicted Trump and many others on RICO charges related to attempts to overturn the election, is… not good in many other ways (boldface mine):

But the Fulton County jail and District Attorney Fani Willis already have a notorious reputation, one that includes reported rampant inhumane conditions, a high death toll and often unexplained extended stays

It is the district attorney’s job to indict cases, and without doing so, judges, defense lawyers and other officials cannot begin work on a case. In other words, it appears hundreds of people — many of whom cannot afford bail and have not yet been convicted of a crime — are held in is described as a hellish facility for extensive amounts of time because Willis is not doing her job.

Two years ago, Willis’ office was given $5 million to clear the county’s backlog of cases. It seems rather than prioritizing that funding to clear felony cases, her office has been more focused on a handful of high-profile indictments. This choice further highlights how the criminal legal system often disregards people without financial and political influence.

As the kids say, read the whole thing because the article highlights a key problem with conservative policy*: conservatives want to remove Willis because of her Trump prosecution, but the legitimate grounds for removal is all of the awful shit laid out in the article. Of course, many conservatives think that awful shit is good, so they won’t attempt to impede her investigation for those reasons: since these were long-standing issues, they could have done so previously, but chose not to do so.

The irony is Republicans and conservatives could undermine her credibility among Democrats, but, from a policy perspective, they can’t afford to do so.

*Arguably, conservative policy is nothing more than a bundle of neuroses and rage, combined with extensive pro-business regulation and tax cuts, masquerading as policy.

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