Congratulations to Senator Ted Cruz, the hottest Trumpland lawyer to net himself a bar grievance for his initiatives to overturn the presidential election. Cruz now joins a distinguished fraternity which contains Sidney Powell, Rudy Giuliani, Ken Paxton, Jeffrey Clark, and, of class, John Eastman. What an honor!
As flagged by Regulation & Crime, a team called The 65 Venture submitted a grievance with the Office of Main Disciplinary Counsel for the Texas Point out Bar. The consortium of lawyers, whose title is an allusion to the 65 rubbish lawsuits submitted by many Krakens and crackpots in an attempt to reverse Joe Biden’s gain in 2020, requests that the bar sanction the Texas senator for violating “numerous” Texas Disciplinary Procedures of Qualified Conduct by “assisting with legal perform and defending and amplifying ‘claims not backed by law’ and ‘claims not backed by proof (but alternatively, speculation, conjecture, and unwarranted suspicion).’”
The criticism rests mainly on Cruz’s involvement in Texas AG Ken Paxton’s offensively silly LOLsuit looking for to get the Supreme Court to toss out the electoral votes from Pennsylvania, Ga, Michigan, and Wisconsin for negative vote thingy, extra or a lot less. The justices yeeted it into the sunlight publish haste, but before that took place, Cruz enthusiastically endorsed Paxton’s laughable promises.
In actuality, he did additional than endorse them. Even the Texas Solicitor Normal refused to put his name on that piece of drek, but Cruz explained to Sean Hannity on December 7, 2020 that Trump experienced asked him and he’d agreed to argue the case before the Supreme Court docket. He also claimed to be attached to yet another doomed scenario introduced by Pennsylvania Republicans seeking to have all absentee ballots in the state tossed out.
“Mr. Cruz’s perform before and after his involvement in those people issues also raises considerations. He on a regular basis sought to deliberately amplify these bogus statements on multiple events and in several boards,” the group alleges, right before pointing to many debunked promises about absentee ballot treatments in Pennsylvania which Cruz flogged.
According to the criticism, as an attorney associated with the lawsuits, Cruz failed to adhere to Texas’s Disciplinary Code, which cautions that, “A lawyer shall not carry or defend a proceeding, or assert or controvert an challenge therein, except the law firm reasonably believes that there is a foundation for carrying out so that is not frivolous.” In the same way, it asserts that he violated the rule that “a law firm shall not knowingly make a fake statement of materials reality or regulation to a 3rd particular person.”
Ultimately, the The 65 Venture lawyers allege that Cruz’s involvement in the plot to reject electors primarily based on John Eastman’s Coups 4 Dummies memo amounts to “assist[ing] or counsel[ing] a client to have interaction in conduct that the attorney is aware of is legal or fraudulent.” And they’ve acquired US District Choose David O. Carter’s discovering that the criminal offense-fraud exception applies to some of John Eastman’s email messages to back them up when they say that the plan to toss out the electors was criminal in nature.
Also, in his testimony to the January 6 Select Committee, Eastman took the Fifth about his communications with Cruz, suggesting that no matter what they had been executing might issue him to prison liability. And, bolstering the claim that Cruz was an attorney associated in this harebrained plot, Eastman has selected his e-mails with Cruz as privileged.
In March, the Texas Fee for Lawyer Willpower petitioned that the state’s court docket sanction Sidney Powell for her egregious carry out just after the election. But Powell was truly sanctioned by a federal court for misconduct, and is the defendant in many satisfies for defamatory statements she made in the election lawsuits. It’s not apparent no matter whether this complaint from Cruz, whose conduct appears of a unique character than Powell’s has legs.
But even as a form of “copium,” the disapprobation from the previous president of the Texas Condition Bar and the former chair of its Grievance Committee, amid other signatories, is not a excellent seem.
Elizabeth Dye lives in Baltimore exactly where she writes about law and politics.