Mr. Roman’s motion notes that Georgia law recognizes conflicts of interest, particularly those in which a prosecutor is shown to have “a personal interest or stake in the defendant’s conviction,” as grounds for removal.
In this case, the motion says, Mr. Wade was paid more than $650,000 since starting his job with the district attorney’s office in November 2021. The filing claims that he subsequently paid some of the costs of vacations that he and Ms. Willis took together to Napa Valley, Calif., Miami and the Caribbean.
Excerpts from Mr. Wade’s credit card statements, released by his estranged wife as part of their divorce case, show that he has bought airline tickets for himself and Ms. Willis to Miami and San Francisco.
All of this, Mr. Roman says in the filing, amounts to Ms. Willis awarding “lucrative contracts to her boyfriend” and then benefiting from them. As a result, the filing states, “both of them have acquired a personal interest and stake in Mr. Roman’s conviction, thus depriving Mr. Roman of his right to a fundamentally fair trial.”
The motion claims that the two lawyers began their relationship before Mr. Wade was hired, and it argues that Mr. Wade was underqualified to handle such a big case. Reporting from The New York Times did not turn up any evidence of Mr. Wade having ever prosecuted a major political corruption case or criminal racketeering case.