Judge Removes Cowboys For Trump Co-Founder Couy Griffin From Office, Bars Him From Seeking, Holding Public Office for Walking Inside US Capitol on Jan 6
A New Mexico state district court judge on Tuesday barred Cowboys for Trump co-founder Couy Griffin from seeking or holding state or federal office for walking through the US Capitol on January 6.
The judge also ordered Griffin to be removed as Otero County Commissioner effective immediately.
Griffin did not commit any violent acts on January 6, however the judge ruled that the January 6 Capitol protest was an insurrection.
Earlier this year Griffin was found guilty of trespassing on restricted Capitol grounds and sentenced to 14 days in prison.
Griffin was found not guilty of disorderly conduct, The Paper reported.
The judge disqualified Griffin from holding public office under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, according to the 49-page ruling.
The Paper reported:
First Judicial Judge Francis Mathew ordered Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin be removed from office on Tuesday, effective immediately, ruling that the attack on the Capitol was an insurrection and that Griffin’s participation in it disqualified him under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. This decision marks the first time since 1869 that a court has disqualified a public official under Section 3, and the first time that any court has ruled the events of January 6, 2021 an insurrection.
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, also known as the Disqualification Clause, bars any person from holding federal or state office who took an “oath…to support the Constitution of the United States” as an “officer of any State” and then “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” or gave “aid or comfort” to insurrectionists. Griffin, as an Otero County Commissioner since January 2019, took an oath to “support and uphold the Constitution and laws of the State of New Mexico, and the Constitution of the United States.”
Under New Mexico law, any private citizen of the state may file a lawsuit to remove a disqualified county official from office. A group of New Mexico residents were represented in this case by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the New Mexico-based law firms of Freedman Boyd Hollander and Goldberg P.A, Dodd Law Office, LLC, and the Law Office of Amber Fayerberg, LLC, as well as by Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC.
Read more on Couy Griffin at American Gulag.