September 7th, 2022- New Mexico– Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin was ordered to be removed from office after a judge declared that his participation in the January 6th protest disqualified him from officer. Griffin is the first politician removed from office under since 1869.
The decision by Judge Francis Matthew came out Tuesday, September 6th, 2022, immediately disbarring Griffin From office. Griffin was found guilty of entering and remaining on the capitol ground unlawfully on March 21st, 2022, at the DC Federal Courthouse.
Video of Griffin speaking on the verdict following the courts finding of guilt on March 21st, 2022:
judge Matthew found that Griffin should be disbarred from office under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment which states:
“No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.”
This amendment to the US Constitution was added following the Civil War.
Griffin spoke at the People’s Convoy following his verdict. The video I had personally taken of that speech was removed by YouTube 2 weeks ago for what YouTube claims was “spreading election misinformation“.
In the video Griffin states that he claimed to have seen proof in his district that the election results were not accurate. While I neither support or deny those claims, Griffin is an honest and genuine man from what I have experienced.
While the ruling is subject to appeal, only time will tell what the implications of such an extreme precedence will be. Especially considering there has not been a case such as this in nearly 153 years.