Judge Censures Former Trump Attorney After He Concedes His Claims Concerning The 2020 Election Were Inaccurate- On Wednesday, a Colorado disciplinary judge censured Jenna Ellis in the most recent move to bring lawyers who supported former President Donald Trump’s 2020 election reversal gambits accountable.
According to records published by Colorado’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, Ellis signed a stipulation stating that her remarks on the 2020 election broke professional ethics laws prohibiting attorneys from making careless, knowingly, or intentionally false statements. Ellis consents to make the $224 payment as part of the agreement.
Ellis’ claims that the Trump campaign had proof the election was “stolen” were among the misleading statements cited in the stipulation. Ellis made these claims in remarks on social media and TV appearances.
The public rebuke in this case “reinforces that even when engaged in political speech, there is a line attorney cannot exceed, particularly when they are speaking in a representative role,” said Jessica Yates, attorney regulation counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court.
“My client remains a practicing attorney in good standing in the State of Colorado,” said Michael Melito, Ellis’ lawyer, in a statement to CNN. We have achieved that correct result in a very charged political environment.
The Colorado Newsline was the first to report on the reprimand.
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In an opinion filed alongside the judge’s censure on Wednesday, Disciplinary Presiding Judge Bryon M. Large approved the stipulation.
Following the censure, the Attorney Regulation Counsel’s office stated it “is not currently pursuing any more accusations against Ms. Ellis.” The agency had previously said it was drafting a case against Ellis.