Former Trump lawyer admits post-election misrepresentations

As recently as 2016, Jenna Ellis was not a Donald Trump admirer. She repeatedly described the then-candidate as an “idiot,” adding that she considered him an “unethical, corrupt, lying, criminal, dirtbag.” Ellis even took aim at Trump’s supporters, saying they didn’t care about “facts or logic.”

Ellis nevertheless joined Trump’s legal team a few years ago, becoming a rather enthusiastic proponent, not only of her client’s lies about his 2020 defeat, but also of radical tactics that would allow the then-president to remain in office despite the election results. We later learned that Ellis also exchanged hundreds of text messages with then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in the runup to Jan. 6, and ultimately took the Fifth in response to questions about those communications. Ellis was also ordered to testify before the special grand jury in Georgia that investigated alleged election interference efforts.

But while much of the public has come to expect few consequences for Republican lawyers who engage in such tactics, as NBC News reported, Ellis has had to pay a price for trying to deceive the public.

Jenna Ellis, an attorney who advised then-President Donald Trump as he tried to overturn the 2020 election results, was censured for misconduct Wednesday by a Colorado Supreme Court judge. The Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel said that Ellis violated a Colorado rule for professional conduct that prohibits “misrepresentation” by attorneys.

To be sure, Ellis is not the first lawyer in Trump’s orbit to face this kind of scrutiny. As a Politico report noted, Rudy Giuliani’s law license was suspended, while Jeffrey Clark and John Eastman are awaiting disciplinary proceedings. She also isn’t the first election denier to face court sanctions.

What makes this story especially notable, however, is the fact that Ellis, as part

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Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis censured for misrepresenting 2020 election

  • Ellis was censured after acknowledging 10 misrepresentations about the election.
  • State United Democracy Center filed the ethics complaint based on statements on television, Twitter.

Jenna Ellis, one of former President Donald Trump’s lawyers, was censured Wednesday by the Colorado Bar Association after acknowledging saying 10 misrepresentations about the 2020 election.

Among the false statements:

  • Ellis told Fox Business that “ballots were manipulated”
  • On Newsmax’s “Spicer & Co.” she said,  “we know the election was stolen”
  • On Fox News she claimed 500,000 votes in Arizona “were cast illegally.”

As part of her disciplinary settlement, she acknowledged the statements were misrepresentations.

Bryon Large, the presiding disciplinary judge overseeing the complaint, said Ellis violated Colorado bar rules by engaging in conduct “involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.”

The advocacy groups 65 Project and  States United Democracy Center filed ethics complaints against Ellis. Aaron Scherzer, senior counsel for States United, said Ellis repeatedly went on television and Twitter to “promote the reckless lie that the 2020 election was stolen.”

Ellis is among several Trump lawyers who have been disciplined or become the subject of lawsuits over their efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

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Here is what we know about case:

Jenna Ellis speaking during a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C, in 2020.

Judge: Ellis had ‘selfish motive’ and ‘engaged in a pattern of misconduct’

States United Democracy Center filed the ethics complaint in May 2022 with the Colorado Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel.

Large, the state Supreme Court’s presiding disciplinary judge, held a hearing March 1 on the misrepresentations Ellis acknowledged. Large said there were no comparable cases with similar facts.

“The parties agree that (Ellis), through her conduct, undermined the American public’s confidence

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Roe v. Wade: Lawyer Linda Coffee’s archive sold at auction

Linda Coffee was the lawyer who argued before the U.S. Supreme Court over her client Norma McCorvey’s right to an abortion.

DALLAS — The archive for the Dallas lawyer who argued the Roe v. Wade case in the 1970s has sold at auction for more than $600,000.

The winning bid for Linda Coffee’s trove of documents was $615,633 at Nate D. Sanders Auctions on Friday night in Los Angeles, the auction house announced.

Coffee was the lawyer who argued before the U.S. Supreme Court over her client Norma McCorvey’s right to an abortion. McCorvey was then known as “Jane Roe” in what would become the landmark Roe v. Wade case.

Coffee’s archive that was auctioned Friday night included an affidavit signed by McCorvey, quill pens given to Coffee for arguing before the Supreme Court and nearly 150 documents and letters related to the case.

Coffee, 80, was born in Houston but grew up in Dallas, attending Woodrow Wilson High School. 

She later graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Coffee clerked for federal judge Sarah Hughes, who famously swore in Lyndon B. Johnson as president on Air Force One after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. 

Coffee later teamed up with fellow UT law school grad, Sarah Weddington, to challenge abortion laws in Texas. 

“She was going to bring an abortion challenge,” Coffee said. “I don’t know how she was going to do it, because she didn’t have a client.”  

Coffee said a friend from church introduced her to Norma McCorvey, who was pregnant and wanted an abortion.

In McCorvey’s case, she was Roe and Wade was Henry Wade, the Dallas District Attorney.

Coffee and Weddington argued the case in a Dallas courtroom, which still exists on Ervay Street downtown. The three judges

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Former Trump lawyer Jenna Ellis censured in Colorado over 2020 statements

Jenna Ellis, an attorney who advised then-President Donald Trump as he tried to overturn the 2020 election results, was censured for misconduct Wednesday by a Colorado Supreme Court judge.

The Colorado Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel said that Ellis violated a Colorado rule for professional conduct that prohibits “misrepresentation” by attorneys.

The office said Ellis made a series of public statements about the 2020 election that were false.

“The public censure in this matter reinforces that even if engaged in political speech, there is a line attorneys cannot cross, particularly when they are speaking in a representative capacity,” the office said in a statement.

Bryon M. Large, a presiding disciplinary judge for the state’s Supreme Court, approved the censure.

In an opinion, Large said that Ellis had “repeatedly” put forward misrepresentations on national TV and on Twitter that undermined public confidence in the 2020 presidential election.

Last month, Ellis’ lawyer had filed a stipulation agreeing to a public censure of his client and acknowledging 10 misrepresentations in the aftermath of the 2020 election, including repeatedly claiming that the election was stolen from Trump.

Ellis also acknowledged misleading comments stemming from claims she made on Fox Business about affidavits from witnesses, voter intimidation and statistics that proved a “coordinated effort” to transfer votes from Trump to Biden. According to the signed stipulation, she made similar claims on Twitter.

Fox News and the Fox Corp. are facing a $1.6 billion defamation suit filed by Dominion Voting Systems over on-air claims that the company “rigged” the 2020 election.

Ellis’ stipulation also noted that while she was a member of Trump’s legal team, she was not the counsel of record for any of the lawsuits that challenged election results.

Ellis served as Trump’s senior legal adviser from February 2019

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Panel makes changes to proposed concealed carry law after concerns retired officers could be charged

A state Assembly panel has made some changes to a new bill that could restrict the concealed carry of guns in New Jersey.

The lawmakers first introduced the legislation last week. It would limit a gun owner’s ability to carry concealed weapons in certain places. But there were concerns that retired law enforcement officers could be arrested if they accidentally carried guns they are authorized to have into restricted areas.

“I don’t want to have any retiree put in a place where they’re going to be charged criminally if by chance they do carry,” says retired New Jersey State Police Lt. George Wren.

The changes also allow towns to make their own rules about places concealed guns are prohibited and require the state attorney general to make clear guidelines for the places like hospitals, airports and schools where handguns are prohibited.

Republicans have objected to the bill, saying the U.S. Supreme Court’s Bruen decision this summer gives Americans the right to concealed carry.

“They’ve made so many broad categories, it makes it almost impossible to do,” says Republican Assemblyman Robert Auth.

Democratic Assemblyman Joe Danielsen is a gun owner and hunter. He wrote the bill and says he’s happy with the changes.

But as to whether the bill will pass any constitutional challenges in court, he says, “That’s a very good question. My job is a legislator. I am not a circuit court judge, I’m not a justice on the Supreme Court, my job is to legislate.”

The full Assembly could vote on the bill as soon as this week. It would have to pass the state Senate before it gets to Gov. Phil Murphy’s desk.

“There’s no higher priority for me as a legislator than to

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Trump Heads to Nevada and Arizona Rally as Legal Pressure Builds

Former President Donald Trump is set to hold rallies to support his endorsed candidates in Nevada and Arizona this weekend as legal pressure from several investigations continues to build.

Arizona and Nevada are two of the most closely divided battleground states, and both are home to several competitive races ahead of the November 8 midterm elections that will serve as a test of Trump’s popularity among the general electorate. He endorsed more than 200 candidates, most of whom won their GOP primaries, in an effort to maintain his grip on the Republican Party before a potential 2024 presidential bid.

Trump will speak in Minden, Nevada, on Saturday night alongside candidates such as Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who is running in the gubernatorial race, and former state Attorney General Adam Laxalt, the GOP nominee in the US Senate race. On Sunday, he will travel to Mesa, Arizona, to rally behind Kari Lake in the gubernatorial race and Blake Masters in the Senate race.

The rallies come amid several ongoing investigations into Trump’s conduct and businesses. The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, riot—when a mob of Trump supporters violently protested at the US Capitol building in a failed attempt at forcing Congress to block President Joe Biden’s electoral win—is set to hold a hearing this week. Several other investigations continue to make slow progress, as well.

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Above, former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, on September 23. Trump is set to hold rallies in Nevada and Arizona this weekend as legal pressure continues to build in several investigations.
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The January 6 committee is set to hold its first hearing in weeks on Thursday, October 13 at 1 pm ET.

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Which candidate for attorney general will stick up for the public’s right to know?

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Josh Kaul and Eric Toney are miles apart on many issues. But when it comes to open government, the candidates vying for Wisconsin attorney general in the Nov. 8 election agree: More money is needed to handle enforcement of the state’s transparency laws.

The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council sent questionnaires to Kaul, the Democratic incumbent, and his Republican challenger, Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney.

The state Department of Justice, which the attorney general heads, is empowered by statute to interpret and enforce Wisconsin’s public records and open meetings laws. The department’s Office of Open Government handles that job, in addition to responding to public records requests.

In assessing the office’s strengths and weaknesses, both candidates mentioned the office’s processing times for handling public records requests and responding to inquiries. Toney said the office is not prioritized and that DOJ’s response times to public records requests have increased sharply during Kaul’s tenure.

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Both candidates cited the need for more funding. Toney wrote that he would “apply sufficient resources and prioritize the proper administration and enforcement of these laws.” He criticized Kaul for not updating advice online since May 2021, and for posting few responses to public records requests on the DOJ website.

Kaul said the Office of Open Government “does an excellent job with the limited resources available,” but that more resources would allow it to respond more quickly. He highlighted the office’s efforts to provide guidance on open meetings law challenges during the early days of the pandemic and for parsing the effects of Marsy’s Law on public records access.

The candidates also commented on two recent state Supreme Court decisions involving the public records law.

In the first case, Friends of Frame Park v. City of Waukesha, the

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Ginni Thomas and the Supreme Court’s crisis of legitimacy

(Reuters) – From antitrust to zoning, I’ve written about most areas of the law – but I steer clear of immigration.

That’s because I’m married to an immigration judge.

If I wrote a column calling for immediate full citizenship for all undocumented immigrants — or for all undocumented immigrants to be immediately put in jail – I’d be concerned my opinion, fairly or not, could reflect on my spouse.

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Better to stay out of his lane.

Maybe that’s part of why I find Virginia (Ginni) Thomas’ alleged conduct related to the 2020 presidential election so off-putting.

Last week, my Reuters colleagues confirmed that Thomas, the wife of US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, agreed to be interviewed by the US congressional panel probing the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.

Her lawyer Mark Paoletta told Reuters that she “is eager to answer the Committee’s questions to clear up any misconceptions about her work relating to the 2020 election.”

The committee obtained emails between her and former President Donald Trump’s election attorney John Eastman, who pushed the theory that then-Vice President Mike Pence could block Congress from certifying Trump’s 2020 election loss, the Washington Post previously reported.

The Post also reported that she texted Mark Meadows, Trump’s White House chief of staff, and emailed lawmakers in Arizona and Wisconsin, urging them to assist in overturning the election of Joe Biden as president.

Paoletta did not respond to a request for comment from his client, nor did Ginni Thomas’ firm, Liberty Consulting. A Supreme Court spokesperson also did not respond to a request for comment from Clarence Thomas or his wife.

To be clear, I’m not suggesting Ginni Thomas, who has a JD from Creighton University School of Law, should limit

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State Supreme Court rules insurance companies off the hook for SR 99 tunnel construction delays

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled Thursday that insurance companies will not have to reimburse the state for the two years that the then-broken Bertha boring machine restricted drivers from using the State Route 99 tunnel in Seattle.

Justices unanimously rejected the state’s argument that delays in the tunnel project constituted a physical loss or damage that triggered insurance coverage.

Residents of Washington state funded the SR 99 tunnel project largely through gas taxes. The ruling has no immediate impact on taxpayers though, since the state won another jury trial where tunnel contractors sought millions of dollars.

The Bertha tunnel drill overheated on Dec. 6, 2013, setting off a repair effort of more than two years. The drill resumed digging in 2016, and the tunnel finally opened to traffic in early February 2019.

The Seattle Tunnel Partners construction team blamed the damage on a vertical steel pipe that had been installed in the ground years earlier. STP, which was under contract for $1.35 billion, filed claims against the state for $600 million in additional pay, but a Thurston County Superior Court jury sided with the state.

Eight different insurance companies have refused to foot the bill, claiming that Bertha’s rotating cutter head was flawed from the project’s outset, which Bertha’s maker denied.

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According to the insurance policy, damages or losses caused by Bertha’s “own explosion, mechanical or electrical breakdown, failure breakage or derangement,” are not covered.

Supreme Court justices ruled that Bertha’s alleged design defects were “an internal cause” of damage not covered by insurers.

Justices also denied a claim by the Washington State Department of Transportation that the construction delays counted as insured damage.

According to the ruling, “the deprivation, disposition, or injury

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Attorney General Maura Healey wins Democratic primary for Massachusetts governor

BOSTON (AP) — Attorney General Maura Healey won the Democratic primary for Massachusetts governor on Tuesday, bringing her one step closer to becoming the first openly gay candidate and first woman elected to the state’s top political office — eight years after she was elected the nation’s first openly gay attorney general.

Healey, whose only rival for the nomination dropped out of the race but remains on the ballot, will be the heavy favorite in November against the winner of the Republican primary. Former state Rep. Geoff Diehl, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump, and businessman Chris Doughty, who is considered more moderate, are running for the GOP nomination.

The current officeholder, centrist Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, decided against seeking a third term. He did not endorse either Republican candidate.

The 51-year-old Healey has touted her efforts as the state’s top law enforcement official to protect students and homeowners from predatory lenders. Healey also sued Exxon Mobil Corp. over whether the oil giant misled investors and the public about its knowledge of climate change — a case still winding its way through the courts — and targeted OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and members of the Sackler family over allegations they deceived patients and doctors about the risks of opioids. In 2021, Healey announced a resolution to that case.

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Her most frequent target, however, was Trump. Healey led or joined scores of lawsuits against Trump while he was president. One of her first challenged Trump’s travel ban, which would have barred teachers and students from seven majority-Muslim countries, including Iran, Iraq and Syria, from coming to Massachusetts, which attracts students from around the world.

Republican voters in the state on Tuesday will become just the latest to decide whether the party will

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