The opponents of the law, which took effect in July, say it’s a power grab that threatens the independence of the judiciary, infringes on free speech rights and forces prosecutors to hide their stances from voters.
They framed the urgent GOP drive for the measure as backlash against district attorneys who promised not to charge low-level drug offenders, enforce the state’s anti-abortion law or take “punitive approaches” to criminal justice.
Meanwhile, Republicans are moving ahead with the new commission. On Friday, Lt. Gov. Burt Jones appointed three members to the panel. Among them is Jason Saliba, a top deputy to Cobb County District attorney – one of the four plaintiffs challenging the law.
“Prosecutors across Georgia should always prioritize protecting Georgia families by prosecuting criminals properly,” said Jones, “instead of focusing on their own special interests.”