Legal troubles continue to mount for former president Donald Trump. The Georgia Supreme Court unanimously dismissed Trump’s petition to block an Atlanta-area district attorney from investigating him over allegations of 2020 election interference and to throw out evidence gathered by a special purpose grand jury in the case.
The Trump motion also sought to quash the final report of the special grand jury.
But in an opinion published late Monday, the nine-member Supreme Court dismissed the petition.
In its opinion, the Georgia Supreme Court appeared critical of the Trump team’s decision to take its case directly to the state’s top court instead of first arguing the case before a lower court judge. “A petitioner cannot invoke this Court’s original jurisdiction as a way to circumvent the ordinary channels for obtaining the relief he seeks without making some showing that he is being prevented fair access to these ordinary channels,” the opinion reads.
Justices for Georgia’s Supreme Court are elected for staggered six-year terms in nonpartisan elections, but the governor can fill vacancies by appointment. Eight of the nine were initially appointed by Republican governors.