Supreme Court turns away ‘Cowboys for Trump’ co-founder ousted from office over Jan. 6

WASHINGTON — The authorized argument that labored for President Donald Trump did not ship for one among his supporters Monday because the Supreme Court docket turned away a New Mexico man who was kicked out of native workplace over his function within the occasions of Jan. 6.

Couy Griffin, a founding father of “Cowboys for Trump,” was criminally convicted over his function in Jan. 6 and misplaced his job as a county commissioner in consequence.

The lawsuit introduced in opposition to him by New Mexico residents cited the identical constitutional provision that Trump efficiently argued in a separate case couldn’t be used to throw him off the poll in Colorado.

Each circumstances involved Part 3 of the 14th Modification, which says that those that beforehand took an oath to the Structure whereas holding a authorities place however later “engaged in riot” can’t maintain workplace.

Griffin had been hoping {that a} victory for Trump might assist him, as nicely.

However when the Supreme Court docket dominated for Trump in that case March 4, it made it clear that the ruling solely utilized to these operating for federal workplace.

“We conclude that states might disqualify individuals holding or trying to carry state workplace. However states haven’t any energy underneath the Structure to implement Part 3 with respect to federal places of work, particularly the presidency,” the courtroom mentioned.

Consequently, Griffin’s case was successfully resolved. The courtroom rejected his enchantment Monday with out remark.

Couy Griffin speaks to supporters throughout a gun rights rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Sept. 12, 2023. (Susan Montoya Bryan / AP file)

“Very dissatisfied. I don’t even know what to say,” Griffin mentioned in a put up on X. “However I thanks in your prayers and for standing with me by this.”

The lawsuit searching for to throw Griffin out of workplace was introduced by Residents for Accountability and Ethics in Washington, the identical group that filed the Trump poll lawsuit.

The Supreme Court docket’s actions within the two circumstances make it clear that “it’s as much as the states to meet their obligation underneath Part 3 to take away from workplace anybody who broke their oath by taking part within the January 6 riot,” mentioned Noah Bookbinder, the group’s president, in an announcement Monday.

A state decide eliminated Griffin from his place as a commissioner in Otero County, New Mexico, in September 2022 after concluding that his actions Jan. 6 made him ineligible to serve.

Earlier that 12 months, Griffin was convicted of illegally getting into the Capitol grounds, though he was acquitted of partaking in disorderly conduct throughout chaotic scenes by which Trump supporters tried to forestall Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s election win.

Part 3, enacted after the Civil Conflict, prevents anybody who beforehand took an oath to defend the Structure from holding numerous authorities places of work. It was handed to forestall former Confederates from returning to authorities however has not often been enforced.

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