NM: Judge bars Capitol rioter from office on “insurrection” grounds

Source: CBS News

“A New Mexico state court judge ruled Thursday that the founder of the group ‘Cowboys for Trump’ must be removed from his post as an Otero County commissioner due to his participation in the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol. Judge Francis Mathew, of the 1st Judicial District Court in Santa Fe, ordered Couy Griffin to be stripped of his position effective immediately and permanently prohibited him from seeking or holding any federal or state position. In his ruling, Mathew said Griffin is barred from public office under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment …. Mathew deemed the attack on the Capitol an insurrection and concluded Griffin engaged in it. ‘Because state law required Mr. Griffin to take an oath to support the Constitution as a county official and he did so, the court concludes he is subject to disqualification under Section Three,’ he wrote.” (09/06/22)