Lucian Lincoln “Lin” Wood Jr. (born October 19, 1952) is an American attorney.
Road to the status of celebrity lawyer
Wood became a “celebrity lawyer,” specializing in defamation lawsuits. Wood first drew media attention concerning his representation of Richard Jewell. The security guard was falsely accused of the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta in 1996. Wood’s representation of Jewell helped transform him from a personal injury lawyer to a nationally known defamation lawyer.
In addition to representing Jewell, Wood has represented the family of JonBenét Ramsey and former U.S. representative Gary Condit in defamation suits. Republican political candidate Herman Cain also hired him to respond to allegations of sexual harassment.
The political spotlight smiles at Wood
By 2020, Wood was frequently garnering attention by promoting conspiracy theories. Both in his capacity as a lawyer and as a political commentator and social media personality.
Wood made allegations against Chief Justice John Roberts, reflecting QAnon conspiracy theories. He suggested that Vice President Mike Pence would “face execution by firing squad” and called for the arrest of then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, both for treason.
Association with Trump
Sometimes in association with Trump’s attorney Sidney Powell, Wood litigated on the erstwhile president’s behalf in many failed lawsuits, which sought to prevent the certification of legally cast ballots in the presidential election.
Georgia Election case: The background story
In the latter part of 2020, Wood’s social media activities attracted considerable attention. Wood called for the imprisonment of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. It was based on the conspiracy theory that the two Republican officials worked with the Chinese to help rig the vote for Biden.
Wood lived in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1955 until 2020. In April 2020, he purchased the property in South Carolina and moved there later that year. He formally changed his legal residency to South Carolina in February 2021.
According to Georgia law, if someone moves to another state intending to establish residence, they are no longer a resident of Georgia.
Georgia election case: The timeline
In February 2021, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office announced that it was investigating the possibility that Wood had committed voter fraud. Due to questions over whether Wood had been a legal resident of the state when he cast his vote 2020 elections in Georgia.
Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office confirmed the investigation was opened after a reporter with WSB-TV in Atlanta posted an email from Wood. The attorney said he had been living in South Carolina for several months.
Wood responded to the allegations, writing via email: “I was domiciled in Atlanta in October of 2020 and was a resident of Georgia at that time. I have been a resident of Georgia since 1955.”
“I own properties in Georgia and South Carolina. Changed my residence to South Carolina on February 1, 2021.”
On the social media site Telegram, Wood wrote that he was leaving Georgia and changed his residency to South Carolina after he said Georgia “falsely accused me and shunned me.”
Wood acquitted of all charges.
In December, the State Election Board voted to dismiss the case the Georgia secretary of state’s office launched. In February where Wood had been living when he voted early in person in Georgia during the 2020 general election.
A spokesperson for the secretary of state’s office said no violation was found.
The damage is done…
The saga of the election has taken a more significant toll on Wood’s professional relationships.
His alma mater Mercer University in Macon, recently explored removing Wood’s name from a courtroom dedication. The Georgia State Bar asked him to take a mental health evaluation to continue practicing law in the state. A judge in Delaware booted Wood off a case citing a “toxic stew of mendacity.”