Crime and Punishment

The Stupid Coup, Part Infinity

“Calling Mike Pence…”

Now, we turn our attention to New Mexico, who gives us some real hope:

Judge removes Griffin from office for engaging in the January 6 insurrection

SANTA FE — A New Mexico judge ordered Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin be removed from office, 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.”

“This is a historic win for accountability for the January 6th insurrection and the efforts to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power in the United States. Protecting American democracy means ensuring those who violate their oaths to the Constitution are held responsible,” said CREW President Noah Bookbinder. “This decision makes clear that any current or former public officials who took an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution and then participated in the January 6th insurrection can and will be removed and barred from government service for their actions.”

Judge Matthews is a state judge, not a federal judge so sadly his decision does not apply to other states. That said, Commissioner Griffin was not booted out under via a state law: he was expelled under the terms of the Fourteenth Amendment.

This is the first time a judge has described the events of 1/6 as an insurrection in a formal ruling. And that means when it comes to the various cases that have been filed against insurrectionist-politicians now we have an actual, bona fide precedent and legal foothold to expel the bastids.

Pay attention as this is important distinction: The Fourteenth Amendment doesn’t prohibit the election of insurrectionists to office, it prohibits insurrectionists from holding office. If I was Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, I’d be paying close attention.

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5 Responses to Crime and Punishment

  1. As should Mark Finchem, running for SOS here in TTSKoA. Unfortunately Crazy Lake was not there, rats. However, if the fake electors scheme results in prosecution, a whole bunch of TTSKoA ranking GQP honchos are in deep doodoo

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  2. Rhoda says:

    A precedent! Oh the gleeful Schadenfreude! (She rubs hands together with an evil smirk on her face).

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  3. osirisopto says:

    Yes, but what does US Supreme Court Judge Ginni Thomas think ?

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  4. Richard Portman says:

    That is good news. These Sagebrush Rebels are jerks . Speaking of which, where is Ammon Bundy these days? LaVoy Finicum could still be alive enjoying his grandchildren if he hadn’t fallen for this cowboy hat crap.
    Gotta hand it to them for creative names, tho.

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    • MDavis says:

      Ugh! Ammon Bundy is now running for the governorship in Idaho. He claims this is why he is ignoring the lawsuit a health care organization is pursuing against him because that would be a distraction. He plans an just waiting for a summary judgement after which it looks like he plans on ignoring any judgement levied against him?
      He and his buddy, someone Rodriguez, are being sued for “protesting” the hospital to the point where people couldn’t enter or leave. Why did they do this, you ask? It is because the state’s CPS removed the grandson of Rodriguez from his home and hospitalized him (the grandson) for a case of severe malnutrition.
      He’s a Bundy. He’s always been just. this. classy.
      (hope I did the link right)

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