South Fulton set to swear in new judge after firing first one

Fulton County Chief Senior Assistant DA Fani Willis questions Sharron Pitts, former chief of staff to then-Superintendent Beverly Hall, on Day 55 of the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial.
Fulton County Chief Senior Assistant DA Fani Willis questions Sharron Pitts, former chief of staff to then-Superintendent Beverly Hall, on Day 55 of the Atlanta Public Schools test-cheating trial.

The city of South Fulton plans to swear in its new municipal court judge four months after firing the leader of its judicial branch.

Fani T. Willis, former deputy district attorney in Fulton County, will take over the city’s court, which handles traffic violations and other low-level offenses.

South Fulton City Council fired its first judge, Tiffany Sellers, on March 19 under allegations of misconduct and "bullying," which she denies. Sellers gained online fame in June 2018 when a photo of her and seven other black women who ran the city's criminal justice system went viral, dubbed another moment of "black girl magic."


Sellers attempt to appeal the firing has already been an arduous process — one in which she has filed multiple legal actions against the city and the city's first ethics complaint, which was dismissed.

Still, the city is moving forward with Willis, who prosecuted the Atlanta Public School cheating scandal case and got her law degree from Emory University.

The swearing-in will start at 6:30 p.m. in Enon Baptist Church, 3550 Enon Road.


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