The watchdog group CREW reports:
A New Mexico judge ordered Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin be removed from office, effective immediately, ruling that the attack on the Capitol was an insurrection and that Griffin’s participation in it disqualified him under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.
This decision marks the first time since 1869 that a court has disqualified a public official under Section 3, and the first time that any court has ruled the events of January 6, 2021 an insurrection.
Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, also known as the Disqualification Clause, bars any person from holding federal or state office who took an “oath…to support the Constitution of the United States” as an “officer of any State” and then “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” or gave “aid or comfort” to insurrectionists.
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Last month the NAACP filed an amicus brief backing Griffin’s removal. Griffin first appeared on JMG in 2020 when Trump retweeted a video in which Griffin declared, “The only good Democrat is a dead Democrat.”
Griffin has said that the deaths that occurred during the riot were faked. Griffin, who refused to certify the result of New Mexico’s primary election, was sentenced to 14 days for his role on January 6th.
BREAKING: A judge just ordered NM County Commissioner Couy Griffin removed from office under the 14th Amendment. This is the first time in 100+ years a court has disqualified a public official for participating in an insurrection. https://t.co/glAMvd2dOM
— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) September 6, 2022