Lin Wood, an attorney who supported former President Donald Trump's election fraud claims after the 2020 election, is a witness for the Fulton County District Attorney's office in the election case involving the former president, according to a Wednesday court filing, although Mr. Wood on Wednesday refuted allegations that he flipped in a social media post.
The reference to Mr. Wood, a longtime defamation attorney, was made in a court filing that spoke about possible conflicts of interest of six defense attorneys because they had represented witnesses in related court proceedings.
As a witness, Mr. Wood could be cross-examined by his former attorney, Harry W. MacDougald, who is representing defendant Jeffrey Clark in the DA's racketeering case. Mr. MacDougald once served as co-counsel for Sidney Powell, also charged in the Fulton County case, and Mr. Wood in a 2020 election-related lawsuit that was ultimately dismissed.
ResponseMr. Wood told The Epoch Times on Wednesday that claims he "flipped" on President Trump are not true, adding: "I have no idea why I am being called as a witness in the [Sidney] Powell trial."
"There is NO TRUTH to those accusations. I have no idea why I am being asked to testify at the trial," he wrote. "I have had no discussions with the DA’s office since I testified before the special grand jury several months ago. Strikes me as yet another effort by the FAKE media to attack or smear me. Fake news is fake news. Always has been. Always will be. Enjoy your afternoon. God bless each of you."
More DetailsAlthough he made a number of claims about election fraud after the 2020 election, Mr. Wood was never an official member of the former president's legal team. Mr. Wood also was not indicted in the Fulton County DA's case.
However, the Georgia grand jury had recommended Mr. Wood be charged for his activity following the 2020 election, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), two former Georgia senators, and more than a dozen other people, according to an unsealed report released by a Fulton County judge earlier this month. However, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis declined to charge him.
Months before, in August 2022, Mr. Wood told news outlets that he could comply and go before the special grand jury when he was requested to do so, adding that he was informed that he was a material witness. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” he told The New York Times at the time. “I’ve got nothing to hide, so I’ll go down and talk to them.”
Since the 202o election, Mr. Wood has faced a multitude of legal hurdles. Several former colleagues filed lawsuits against him for an alleged breach of contract, while he was sanctioned in Michigan for several election lawsuits. In May, the Georgia Bar held a trial for him to determine whether he should be disbarred from practicing law in the state.
In July, Mr. Wood announced that he was giving up his law license instead of facing the Georgia Bar's proceedings, saying he would likely be disbarred. At the time, he wrote on Telegram, "Today, I AM RETIRED!!! The State Bar of Georgia has agreed to drop the disciplinary cases against me in return for my agreement to take the status of RETIRED."
In the 1990s, Mr. Wood gained national attention when he successfully represented Richard Jewell, a security guard who was falsely accused in the media of being a suspect in the Atlanta Olympics bombing. He also represented the family of slain child model JonBenet Ramsey and former California Rep. Gary Condit in defamation suits.