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State lawmaker arrested for protesting Georgia’s elections law won’t be charged, lawyer says


Georgia state Rep. Park Cannon, who was arrested last month while protesting the state’s controversial election law, will not be charged, her lawyer confirmed to CNN on Wednesday.

Cannon’s lawyer, Gerald Griggs, told CNN that they had learned about the decision through a phone call earlier Wednesday and that receiving the news was “emotional.”

“Facts and evidence showed to the world that Rep. Cannon committed no crime and should not have ever been arrested,” Griggs wrote on Twitter. “We thank the district attorney for her thorough review of the evidence and are weighing our next legal actions,” he added.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Wednesday that Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said she considers the case closed after reviewing the evidence and that she will not be presenting the case to a grand jury.

The district attorney’s office confirmed to CNN on Wednesday that Cannon would not face prosecution but declined to provide additional comment.

Cannon reacted to the decision by quoting Griggs’ tweet with the hashtag “#KeepKnocking.”

On March 25, Cannon was arrested and removed from the Georgia Capitol after she repeatedly knocked on the door to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s office during his signing of the controversial elections bill. The Democratic lawmaker was taken to Fulton County Jail and released later that night.

She was facing charges of felony obstruction and disrupting General Assembly session, according to an arrest affidavit viewed by CNN.

The arrest affidavit also alleged that Cannon was “stomping” on a Georgia State Patrol officer’s foot “three times during the apprehension and as she was being escorted out of the property” and continued kicking the officer with her heels.

“The facts and the evidence, as we know them, are inconsistent with what the allegations are in that report,” Griggs told CNN’s Don Lemon in an interview last week.

Griggs also told CNN that Cannon’s arrest was unlawful under the Georgia State Constitution and that they hoped the district attorney would dismiss the case after reviewing the video and evidence.

Cannon told Lemon that she felt “it was important to be there” to try to witness the bill’s signing for transparency reasons.

She had faced up to eight years in prison, according to Griggs.

The new Georgia election law imposes new voter ID requirements for absentee ballots, reduces the number of ballot drop boxes in large counties and shortens the length of runoff elections, among other provisions. While it has been fiercely defended by Georgia Republicans, the law has prompted civil rights lawsuits and sparked backlash from big businesses and CEOs and condemnation from Democratic politicians, activists, athletes and entertainers. Last Friday, Major League Baseball announced it would move its All-Star Game out of Atlanta in response to the law, subsequently costing the state revenue and earning criticism from Kemp and other Republicans.

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