California ManIndicted for ThreateningFulton County DA Fani Willis

A 66-year-old California man, Marc Shultz, has been indicted for allegedly making death threats against Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. Shultz faces two counts of transmitting interstate threats in response to Willis' prosecution of former President Donald Trump and his supporters.

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California ManIndicted for ThreateningFulton County DA Fani Willis

California ManIndicted for ThreateningFulton County DA Fani Willis

A 66-year-old California man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Atlanta for allegedly making death threats against Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. Marc Shultz of Chula Vista is accused of posting threatening comments on YouTube live stream videos on October 4 and 5, 2023, including a statement that Willis "will be killed like a dog."

Why this matters: This incident highlights the growing concern about threats against public officials, particularly those involved in high-profile cases, and underscores the need for increased security measures to protect them. The proliferation of such threats can have a chilling effect on the ability of officials to perform their duties, potentially undermining the rule of law and the integrity of the justice system.

Shultz made his initial appearance in federal court in San Diego on Thursday and will be formally arraigned in Atlanta in June. He faces two counts of transmitting interstate threats in response to Willis' prosecution of former President Donald Trump and 18 of his supporters for allegedly interfering in the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.

"Sending death threats to a public official is a criminal offense that will not be tolerated," said U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan. "Our office will continue to diligently coordinate with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to help protect public officials while performing their duties and who deserve to do so free from threats of harm and intimidation."

Keri Farley, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Atlanta, stressed the importance of safeguarding government officials from intimidation. "Threats of violence against government officials, specifically, threaten the very fabric of our democracy," Farley said.

District Attorney Willis released a statement thanking the U.S. Attorney and the FBI for their efforts in ensuring her safety and the safety of her staff and families. "I want to thank [US Attorney] Buchanan, his staff, and the FBI for believing the life of an African American elected official has value and for their diligent efforts in ensuring the safety of myself, my staff, and our families," Willis said.

This is not the first time Willis has faced threats due to her high-profile prosecutions. In October 2023, an Alabama man was also indicted for allegedly threatening to injure both Willis and Fulton County Sheriff Patrick "Pat" Labat. The man allegedly left a voicemail for Willis, saying,"Watch it when you're going to the car at night, when you're going into your house, watch everywhere that you're going."

Willis has faced violent and racist threats over her racketeering prosecutions of former President Donald Trump and Atlanta rapper Young Thug. The threats have prompted her to move out of her home and travel with a security detail. The indictment of Marc Shultz is the latest example of the ongoing threats against Willis as she continues to pursue high-stakes cases in Fulton County.

Key Takeaways

  • 66-year-old California man Marc Shultz indicted for threatening Fulton County DA Fani Willis.
  • Shultz allegedly posted death threats on YouTube, including "will be killed like a dog."
  • Shultz faces 2 counts of transmitting interstate threats, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
  • Willis has faced multiple threats due to high-profile prosecutions, including Trump and Young Thug cases.
  • Incident highlights growing concern over threats against public officials and need for increased security.