Judge Finds That Former Trump Attorney John Eastman Should Be Disbarred

  • John Eastman is one of the defendants in the Georgia election case involving Trump.
  • The attorney worked with Trump to overturn the 2020 election results based on fraud allegations. 
  • A California State Bar judge has recommended he lose his law license.
  • The judge ruled the attorney knowingly ignored facts and lied, even to the Supreme Court.

(NewsReady.com) – John Eastman was an instrumental lawyer on former President Donald Trump’s team after the 2020 election. He helped the ex-POTUS put a legal strategy together to overturn the results of the election in states where they alleged voter fraud had occurred. The attorney later worked with GOP officials in some states to send alternative electors to Washington, DC, to be certified. A California judge has now recommended he lose his ability to practice law.

Judge’s Ruling

On March 27, California State Bar Judge Yvette Roland issued a ruling in the case against Eastman after listening to months of testimony after bar officials brought 11 charges against him. She determined that Trump’s former attorney, who is facing conspiracy and racketeering charges in Georgia, should be disbarred, finding him culpable of 10 of the charges. Those charges included a lack of candor, misleading courts, and plotting with Trump to disrupt the transfer of power.

Roland said the attorney “conspired with President Trump to […] disrupt the electoral count on January 6, 2021.”

The judge walked everyone through Eastman’s involvement in the alleged efforts to overturn the 2020 election in her 128-page opinion. It began in the days after the election when he filed a multitude of lawsuits disputing the results of vote counts in some states. Then, when none of those suits gained traction, the judge said he tried to convince Republican Party officials in some swing states to send alternative electors to the Capitol.

Roland said the attorney “turned a blind eye to any information that would not support his position of election fraud” and steamrolled ahead.

What Now?

Eastman’s attorneys intend to appeal Roland’s decision. However, that’s not going to happen overnight, and in the meantime, he’s not able to practice law as his license was put into “inactive” status.

Randall Miller, Eastman’s attorney, told POLITICO that his client disagrees and believes his work for Trump “was based on reliable legal precedent” and pointed out he’s now lost his ability to pay for his defense in the Georgia case.

Miller claimed it was inherently unfair to prohibit a “presumed-innocent defendant from being able to earn the funds” necessary to pay for his defense “in the profession in which he has long been licensed.”

In her ruling, Roland stated the move was essential to “protect the public and preserve the public confidence in the legal system.”

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