John Eastman on the Ethics of Investigation by California Bar

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Conservative lawyer John Eastman is currently the subject of an ethics investigation by the State Bar of California focusing on efforts arrive Help former president Donald Trump overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

The Golden State Legal Licensing Board announced an investigation in a third press release submitted by the principal adjudicator’s office.

According to the organization, the investigation focused on “whether Eastman engaged in a violation of California law and codes of ethics governing attorneys’ compliance with and regarding November 20, 2020 Presidential election. Beyond that general description, it’s not clear exactly what officials may be trying to uncover or uncover.

Some of Eastman’s connections to pro-Trump election issues have been documented in the past. Eastman was, among other things, a record-keeping adviser for Trump’s proposal to intervene Texas and Pennsylvaniathe ill-fated attempt in December 2020 via Lone Star State Attorney General Ken Paxton arrive Calling the original jurisdiction of the United States Supreme Court and thus forced the high court to interfere in the 2020 election. The robed judges destroyed that attempt and refused to hear the case after day belong to bizarre and silly summary – nothing is going anywhere.

Law & Crime also previously reported on a legal memo written by Eastman titled “January 6 Scenario.” It outlines a number of controversial legal theories that may have seen Pence attempt to block the electoral college vote count and pave the way for a second and consecutive Trump term in the White House.

Eastman was also among those who spoke with President Trump in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021. As Law & Crime noted late January 2021, Eastman depressed violence afterwards at Capitol Complex that day but said he played no part in instigating any of it.

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Former law professor John Eastman spoke at the pro-Trump “Save America” ​​rally just before the Capitol was stormed.

Eastman has been under investigation for his role in post-election activity on behalf of Trump since September 2021, the bar said Tuesday.

“Several individuals and entities have attracted the attention of the State Bar press, court filings and other public documents detailing Mr. Eastman’s conduct,” said the organization’s Chief Counsel. George Cardona speak. “We would like to thank those who took the time to bring this information to our attention, which was the starting point for our investigation. We will conduct a unique State Bar investigation in which we will continue to collect and analyze relevant evidence and wherever it leads us. “

As previously reported by Law & Crime, Attorneys for Defense of America’s Democracy filed a nine-page complaint against Eastman in December 2021 — about three months after the California bar said it was launching its investigation. That complaint centered on what they called Eastman’s “lobbying” of the then vice president. Mike Pence “Ignore the electoral college ballots in the six states that voted for” President Joe Biden.

In its complaint, the LDAD made it clear it was seeking to suspend the conservative attorney’s license to practice law – One destiny that Yes befallen Rudy Giuliani, who was also part of Trump’s post-November 2020 legal team. However, the California State Attorney’s press release regarding Eastman notes that their investigation is underway “to determine whether there are grounds for filing a Notice of Disciplinary Charge.”

The press release explains: “Details of the investigation, including the conduct in question, cannot be released under state disclosure laws and are also being withheld “in order for the investigation to be valid.” greatest chance of success”.

Cardona explains why the investigation is publicly acknowledged:

Notice made pursuant to Section 6086.1(b)(2) of the Business and Professions Code and the State Ombudsman Rule of Procedure 2302(d)(1), authorizing the Chief Trial Attorney , when warranted for the protection of the public and after notification to licensees, issue a notice confirming the fact of an investigation, clarifying procedural aspects and the current status of the investigation , and protect licensees’ rights to a fair hearing.

Eastman is also known to be aware of investigations.

Law & Crime has reached out to Eastman for comment on this story, but had not responded at time of publication.

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