Criminal Justice & the Rule of Law Democracy & Elections

California State Bar Charges Eastman with Multiple Disciplinary Counts

John A. Emmons
Thursday, January 26, 2023, 5:13 PM

The Office of Chief Trial Counsel of the California State Bar intends to seek Eastman’s disbarment before the State Bar Court.

Published by The Lawfare Institute
in Cooperation With

On Jan. 26, the State Bar of California’s Office of Chief Trial Counsel filed 11 disciplinary charges against Trump ally and attorney John Eastman. The charges relate to Eastman’s alleged attempts—that were unsupported by facts or law—to aid former President Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. The Office of Chief Trial Counsel is seeking Eastman’s disbarment.

The notice of disciplinary charges filed by the Office of the Chief Trial Counsel states that Eastman “knew, or was grossly negligent in not knowing, that there was no evidence upon which a reasonable attorney would rely of election fraud or illegality that could have affected the outcome of the election” yet still sought to aid Trump in overturning election results.

The notice also alleges that Eastman violated his obligations as an attorney by providing legal advice, formulating legal strategies, and making public statements based on allegations which he “knew, or was grossly negligent in not knowing, were false,” and by providing legal advice based on legal interpretations he knew, or was negligent in not knowing, to be false.

You can read the notice here or below:

John A. Emmons is an intern at Lawfare and Chinese and political science undergraduate at St. Olaf College, where he is managing editor of the Olaf Messenger.

Subscribe to Lawfare