A group of lawyers who have filed ethics complaints against Trump’s lawyers are trying to put pressure on lawyers to use the legal system to cancel the election.
The group, called Project 65, aims to change professional regulations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia to eliminate “allegations of fraud and malfeasance” against the results of the election.
Paul Rosenzweig, a member of the advisory committee, told reporters Wednesday that “lawyers are suspected of being self-administered and special legal guardians.” “They failed in that responsibility” with the 2020 election.
The move is a new trend in the group’s struggle to protect democracy from abuse of the legal system. The 65 Project has already filed 55 lawsuits against former President Donald Trump’s lawyers for their efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Team targets include former Foley & Lardner partner Cleta Mitchell, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and attorneys Joseph diGenova and Boris Epstein.
The Section 65 Project’s latest effort includes proposing legislation to prevent lawyers in public office from violating the lawyer’s code of conduct by making false statements about elections.
The group is focusing primarily on about a dozen states, including Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas, Pennsylvania, and DC, said Michael Teter, a former Utah deputy attorney general who is Project 65’s managing director.
Changing the ethics rules at the American Bar Association, which issues professional ethics rules, can also be adjusted at the state level, Teter said, although the association intends to develop new rules. yes for the 2024 elections.
Tom Fitton, president of the conservative group Judicial Watch, called the Project 65 effort “a political attack on those who are on the wrong side of the political spectrum.” Professor Jonathan Turley of the George Washington University School of Law said the effort could “put the bar on a slippery slope where lawyers who talk about news or new legal principles could be stripped of their licenses.”
Plan 65 sought to fire Trump’s attorney John Eastman and asked the US Supreme Court to intervene in the matter. She also targeted former and current state attorneys general in Missouri, Kansas, Alabama and Utah with complaints.
Each of the union’s complaints is being acted upon, Teter said.