A New Mexico politician and fan of Donald Trump, who was expelled and prohibited from holding elective office due to his participation in the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, had one final request for reconsideration. Still, the New Mexico Supreme Court rejected it.
Couy Griffin, a former county commissioner and co-founder of Cowboys for Trump, filed an appeal last year, which the court dismissed on Thursday. Griffin’s request was denied by the justices, who cited missed court filing deadlines, Griffin.
Griffin’s expulsion from public office in September 2022 was the first time an elected official had been removed or barred from the attack on the U.S. Capitol building that hindered Congress’ efforts to certify President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
Griffin was previously found guilty of a misdemeanor in federal court for approaching the Capitol’s grounds on January 6 without entering the building. He received a 14-day sentence with time-served credit.
Griffin charged Friday that the New Mexico Supreme Court approved a “fraud pie” and pledged to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to get involved.
Griffin claimed during his trial in Santa Fe that his expulsion from public office deprived his Otero County political constituents of their right to vote and invoked free speech protections in his defense. Griffin told The Associated Press through text, “The fight is far from over.”
Griffin was disqualified from office by the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment, which states that anybody who has sworn to support the Constitution may be disqualified from office for participating in insurrection or rebellion. The rules were implemented soon after the Civil War.
Beyond New Mexico, Democratic legislators in a few states this year have proposed legislation that would make it illegal for anyone convicted of taking part in an insurrection to hold public office or a position of public trust, like becoming a police officer. These states include New York, Connecticut, and Virginia.
Charges and convictions related to the disturbances of January 6 have, however, not diminished individual political ambitions in some cases. Derrick Evans, a Republican who served time in prison for his involvement in the riot on January 6, has declared his intention to compete for a U.S. House seat in 2024.
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Due to his lack of a particular intent to “further the Oath Keeper’s words or actions aimed at overthrowing the United States government.” An Alaskan judge concluded in December that a state legislator with ties to the extreme right Oath Keepers group is qualified to hold office.
Griffin, a 48-year-old former pastor and rodeo rider, assisted in establishing Cowboys for Trump in 2019. To propagate the formerpresident’ss pro-conservative message on abortion limits, gun rights, and immigration restrictions, the promotional group organized horseback parades.
In a dispute over election integrity sparked by rumors about the safety of the voting machines in the Republican-dominated county, Griffin twice voted as a county commissioner against certifying NewMexico’ss June 7 primary election.