Attorney General Chris Carr announced that the Office of the Attorney General has appointed substitute prosecutors to handle the matters of State of Georgia v. Devin Brosnan and Garrett Rolfe, Fulton County Superior Court and State of Georgia v. Roland Claud, Mark Gardner, Lonnie Hood, Armon Jones, Willie Sauls and Ivory Streeter, Fulton County Superior Court.
For State of Georgia v. Devin Brosnan and Garrett Rolfe, Fulton County Superior Court, the Office of the Attorney General has appointed Executive Director of the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia, Peter J. Skandalakis.
For State of Georgia v. Roland Claud, Mark Gardner, Lonnie Hood, Armon Jones, Willie Sauls and Ivory Streeter, Fulton County Superior Court, the Office of the Attorney General has appointed Cherokee Judicial Circuit District Attorney, Samir Patel.
In Georgia, pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 15-18-5, the Office of the Attorney General can appoint another prosecutor if a district attorney disqualifies himself/herself or a court disqualifies him/her. These appointments are being made upon the disqualification of Fulton County District Attorney, Fani Willis, from both matters.
About Prosecuting Attorney’s Council of Georgia (PAC)
The Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia (PAC) is the overarching judicial branch government agency supporting Georgia prosecutors and their staff, which includes 50 District Attorney Offices (primarily Felony cases) and 66 Solicitor-General Offices (only Misdemeanor cases). Other strategic and administrative functions include: training, professional development and mandatory continuing legal education; legal research assistance, trial and appellate practice support, and assistance with legislation review and analysis. For more information visit the PAC website: www.pacga.org
Statement from Executive Director Peter J. Skandalakis:
Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 15-18-6, I have been designated District Attorney Pro Tempore by the Attorney General to handle the Fulton County case, the State of Georgia v. Devin Brosnan and Garrett Rolfe. I and my agency will conduct a thorough review of the facts and circumstances surrounding this case and, as with any case that comes before us, we will proceed where the evidence leads us. We recognize that the community is eager for a resolution and we ask for patience as we begin our work.
Pursuant to Rule 3.8 of the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct, we are unable to release any further information at this time. Future updates will be made available on our website and social media.
About Cherokee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Samir Patel
Samir Patel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Sciences and General Management from East Tennessee State University and a law degree from Georgia State University. Since 2010, Patel has served as Associate Attorney of White and Choate, in Cartersville, GA. Since 2017, Patel has also served as Municipal Court Judge of Euharlee, GA. Patel previously served as a Part Time Instructor at ITT Technical Institute in Kennesaw, teaching criminal law, constitutional law, and ethics. Patel was also an Assistant Public Defender in the Cherokee Judicial Circuit for five years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Advocates for Children. Patel has previously served as president of the Bartow County Bar Association and the Bartow County Exchange Club. He has served as a High School Mock Trial Instructor and graduated from the Bartow County Chamber of Commerce Leadership program in 2014.