Lawyer John Eastman, known for his efforts to challenge the 2020 election results, faces a disciplinary hearing in LA starting Tuesday.
In January, the California State Bar brought eleven charges against Eastman, who had previously served as dean of the Orange County campus of Chapman University’s School of Law. “including statements on January 6, 2021, at a rally in Washington, D.C., that contributed to provoking a crowd to assault and breach the Capitol to intimidate then-Vice President Pence and prevent the electoral count from proceeding,” he is accused of making false and misleading statements regarding election fraud.
Eastman will go through the day affirming with all due respect the expectation that his regulation permit won’t be suspended. According to the SurgeZircUS, the disbarment hearing is anticipated to last eight days. The ultimate choice is passed on to the California High Court.
The dean, who ran for California Attorney General in 2010, worked as a law clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas.
Greg Jacobs, a former Pence attorney who resisted Eastman’s plan to halt the decertification of the vote, is one of the prosecution’s witnesses.
The charges against John Eastman were brought by George Cardona, who said that Eastman’s false and misleading statements were acts of “moral turpitude, dishonesty, and corruption” in violation of section 6106 of the Business and Professions Code. Cardona stated, “Free and fair elections and the peaceful transfer of power are the most sacred aspects of our American democracy.”
John Eastman strongly refutes the allegations, asserting that the California State Bar is pursuing him based on First Amendment-protected conduct.
The hearing against the former dean, according to his attorney Randall A. Miller, is “part of a nationwide effort to use the bar discipline process to penalize attorneys who opposed the current administration in the last presidential election,” Miller said. Politicizing our nation’s state bars ought to alarm Americans of both parties.
Eastman’s hearing comes after special counsel Jack Smith indicted Trump in a probe into classified documents.
In addition, Smith is looking into Trump’s actions in relation to the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. That investigation includes the former dean, whose phone was seized in the summer of 2017.