The State Bar of California unveiled new disciplinary expenses towards John Eastman for his involvement in former President Donald Trump’s efforts to subvert the 2020 election outcomes.

The state bar’s trial counsel is bringing 11 counts towards Eastman, accusing him of violating quite a lot of lawyer ethics guidelines in a number of episodes, court docket instances and different conduct.

Among the many gambits the brand new disciplinary proceedings are concentrating on is Eastman court docket filings submitted in Georgia and with the Supreme Court docket, the stress marketing campaign on then-Vice President Mike Pence to disrupt Congress’ certification and Eastman’s promotion of false election fraud claims.

“There may be nothing extra sacrosanct to our American democracy than free and honest elections and the peaceable switch of energy,” mentioned George Cardona, the state bar’s chief trial counsel, mentioned in a press release. “The Discover of Disciplinary Costs alleges that Mr. Eastman violated this responsibility in furtherance of an try to usurp the desire of the American individuals and overturn election outcomes for the best workplace within the land – an egregious and unprecedented assault on our democracy – for which he should be held accountable.”

Eastman lawyer Randall Miller mentioned in a prolonged assertion that Eastman “disputes ‘each side’ of the motion that has been filed towards him by the State Bar,” and alleged the costs had been political in nature. Miller mentioned Eastman would additionally problem them and current his aspect of the case.

The costs say he violated ethics guidelines by pushing voter fraud claims – in litigation, in public statements, and in different elements of his authorized work – “that he knew, or was grossly negligent in not realizing had been false.” He’s additionally accused of counting on authorized theories he knew or ought to have recognized had been “essentially flawed” to argue Pence may intrude with Congress’ certification of the 2020 outcomes.

Eastman now faces a deadline to reply to the costs.

The proceedings will ultimately transfer to a state bar court docket for adjudication, although the state supreme court docket has the ultimate phrase on whether or not disciplinary proceedings ought to end result if an lawyer’s suspension or disbarment.

The bar’s counsel mentioned within the new expenses that Eastman knew or ought to have recognized the Pence scheme ran afoul of the Structure, with the charging papers pointing to an October 2020 e-mail from Eastman seeming to reject the concept that states may put ahead alternate slates of electors – a key component of the proposals he advocated for after the election.

Eastman violated lawyer ethics guidelines by failing to assist the Structure, the disciplinary filings allege. He’s additionally charged with searching for to mislead courts and with ethical turpitude, together with together with his alleged misrepresentations.

Citing the bevy of post-election litigation, in addition to feedback from members of the Trump administration, election officers and different “credible sources” that debunked the election fraud claims, the disciplinary filings argue that Eastman knew or ought to have recognized he was making false assertions concerning the election.

Eastman is the most recent Trump-aligned lawyer to face disciplinary proceedings for work on election reversal schemes. A disciplinary panel in DC just lately made a preliminary discovering that former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani violated ethics guidelines together with his Trump election litigation – although there will likely be extra rounds of proceedings earlier than that discovering is finalized and a penalty is decided.

Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Division lawyer who boosted Trump’s election reversal efforts, is going through disciplinary proceedings, as is Sidney Powell, an lawyer who represented Trump’s marketing campaign in litigation difficult the 2020 outcomes.

This story has been up to date with a press release from Eastman’s lawyer.