New York Daily News
Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 12:23 p.m.
Pro-Trump lawyer Lin Wood named as
cooperating witness in Georgia election conspiracy case
By DAVE GOLDINER | dgol...@nydailynews.com | New York Daily News
L. Lin Wood, a disgraced pro-Trump lawyer who spread lies about the 2020 election, has flipped and will appear as a witness for the prosecution in the Georgia racketeering case against former President Donald Trump.
Wood is named as a cooperating witness in unrelated filing by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis.
The court papers do not reveal any details about Wood’s involvement in the case or what he might testify about.
Some legal pundits believed Wood had flipped on Trump when he was not charged in the Georgia case and did not appear to be an unindicted co-conspirator.
The special grand jury that heard evidence in the case recommended Wood be charged alongside Trump and the others but he was not indicted, a move that hinted he could be cooperating.
Wood was once a celebrated Georgia lawyer who helped exonerate accused Atlanta Olympics bomber Richard Jewell and the parents of slain child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey.
But he dove deep into the weeds of Trump’s 2020 election lies.
Wood filed an ill-fated federal lawsuit claiming the presidential election was rigged in Georgia and also joined several pro-Trump suits in other states that were all tossed out by judges for lack of evidence among other issues.
He briefly mounted a bid to lead South Carolina’s Republican Party but dropped out of the race.
The Georgia state bar association opened an investigation into Wood over his actions, which were considered potentially improper. He tried to block the probe, which included efforts to obtain a mental health exam over his erratic behavior.
Wood eventually retired from legal practice in exchange for the disciplinary charges being dropped.
He proclaimed himself “the second most-persecuted person in America,” adding that Trump tops the list.
Wood has offered no public hint that he had turned on Trump.
The reference to Wood came in court papers filed by Willis that asked Judge Scott McAfee to determine whether lawyers for several of Trump’s co-defendants face potential conflicts of interest.
Willis notes that some of the defense lawyers have ties or have previously represented potential witnesses in the case, including Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger.
The judge could order hearings into the claims or could order the lawyers removed from the case.
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