18 April 2024

Supreme Court docket Lets Public Workplace Ban Stand for ‘Cowboys for Trump’ Founder

The U.S. Supreme Court docket turned down a request on Monday to listen to an enchantment from a former New Mexico county commissioner who was faraway from workplace after participating within the Jan. 6 riots on the Capitol.

Couy Griffin, previously a commissioner in New Mexico’s Otero County and the founding father of “Cowboys for Trump,” was convicted in 2022 of trespassing on the Capitol. That very same 12 months, Mr. Griffin grew to become the primary public official in additional than a century to be disqualified due to a constitutional ban on insurrectionists holding workplace contained in a provision of the 14th Modification.

As is its customized, the court docket gave no causes for turning away the enchantment. The order on Monday signifies that Mr. Griffin will stay barred from operating or holding public workplace in New Mexico.

The Supreme Court docket declined to listen to Mr. Griffin’s enchantment two weeks after it mentioned Colorado couldn’t use that very same provision to cease former President Donald J. Trump from showing on the state’s presidential major poll. The Colorado Supreme Court docket — taking over a case that was introduced by six Colorado voters — had dominated in December that Mr. Trump had engaged in revolt and was barred from holding public workplace.

In overturning that call, the 9 justices unanimously sided with Mr. Trump, saying states couldn’t bar presidential candidates from ballots, although there was disagreement among the many justices as to the scope of what the ruling ought to have addressed. The bulk mentioned that Congress was chargeable for implementing the supply in opposition to federal officeholders and candidates.

In merely letting the New Mexico ban stand, the court docket left some questions unresolved.

Mr. Griffin’s lawyer, Peter Ticktin, mentioned he believed the court docket’s order means his consumer stays banned for all times from state and federal workplace. “This places Couy in a category of his personal,” Mr. Ticktin mentioned. “He’s the one American to have been faraway from workplace based mostly on the 14th Modification, and we want to see if there’s a technique to return to the courts of New Mexico in order that justice could be performed.”

He added: “Everyone knows that the continuing in opposition to Couy was opposite to legislation now that the Supreme Court docket determined the Trump case and defeated the try and have him taken off of the Colorado poll.”

Noah Bookbinder, president of Residents for Accountability and Ethics in Washington, which introduced the case in opposition to Mr. Griffin, mentioned that the court docket “stored in place” the discovering that Jan. 6 was an revolt. “Now it’s as much as the states to satisfy their responsibility underneath Part 3 to take away from workplace anybody who broke their oath by taking part within the Jan. 6 revolt,” he mentioned.

In a post on social media after the order, Mr. Griffin had his personal interpretation: “I’m formally barred via a court docket order of operating for some other workplace aside from the workplace of President. I’m wondering if that holds true to the workplace of Vice President?”

In a later publish, he mentioned that he had filed an enchantment on the charge of trespassing.

“It solely takes one card to deliver the home down! Nonetheless praying for justice. Trump Card!!” Mr. Griffin wrote.

On Jan. 6, 2021, Mr. Griffin, an avowed denier of the 2020 election outcomes, burst by barricades on the Capitol, accompanied by a videographer, and addressed the gang with a bullhorn. He didn’t enter the constructing.

For months earlier than the Jan. 6 riots, Mr. Griffin had attended Cease the Steal rallies and tried to recruit protesters to go to Washington, Choose Francis J. Mathew of the New Mexico District Court docket wrote in his determination barring Mr. Griffin from future workplace.

In March of 2022, Choose Trevor N. McFadden, presiding within the Federal District Court docket in Washington, discovered Mr. Griffin responsible of 1 misdemeanor depend of trespassing and acquitted him of one other cost of disorderly conduct. Mr. Griffin was sentenced to 14 days in jail.

Six months later, Choose Mathew issued his ruling — in response to a swimsuit filed by Residents for Accountability and Ethics in Washington — that Mr. Griffin was to be faraway from workplace underneath Part 3 of the 14th Modification, which was adopted in the course of the Reconstruction period in an try to dam members of the Confederacy from holding workplace.