New Fulton DA balances Trump probe, massive local workload

ATLANTA — The Fulton County District Attorney’s office was in disarray when Fani Willis arrived the first week of January. Her six-term predecessor and former boss, Paul Howard, had refused to speak to her during the transition. Staffers were on edge. And then there were the hundreds of brown file boxes. Stuffed with paperwork from upward of 10,000 cases, some originating as far back as the 1970s, they were stacked 7 and 8 feet high, lining the hallways and blocking doorways — a physical manifestation of the mountains of work that awaited the veteran prosecutor trying to turn around what had b…

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