New Mexico Judge First to Declare January 6th an Insurrection

Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin
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A judge in New Mexico declared Tuesday that the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was an “insurrection” as he ruled that Otero County Commissioner and “Cowboys for Trump” founder Couy Griffin must be removed from office for participating in the attack.

Griffin is barred for life from holding any federal or state office — including his current role as county commissioner, from which he will be ousted “effective immediately,” Judge Francis Mathew ruled.

Griffin became “constitutionally disqualified” from those positions as of Jan. 6, 2021, the judge concluded…

The riot and the planning and incitement that led up to it “constituted an ‘insurrection’” under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, Mathew wrote in the ruling in New Mexico’s 1st Judicial District Court.

Which is why so many rightwing meatheads have historically tried to get mass demonstrations adjudged insurrections – instead of First Amendment speech. They fail, fortunately, for Free Speech in this land.

This case is on pretty solid terms with our Constitution. Or so it seems to me.

2 thoughts on “New Mexico Judge First to Declare January 6th an Insurrection

  1. p/s says:

    The Jan. 6 committee spent months gathering stunning new details on how social media companies failed to address the online extremism and calls for violence that preceded the Capitol riot.
    The evidence they collected was written up in a 122-page memo that was circulated among the committee, according to a draft viewed by The Washington Post. But in the end, committee leaders declined to delve into those topics in detail in their final report, reluctant to dig into the roots of domestic extremism taking hold in the Republican Party beyond former president Donald Trump and concerned about the risks of a public battle with powerful tech companies, according to three people familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the panel’s sensitive deliberations. (Washington Post)
    The committee staffers who focused on social media and extremism — known within the committee as “Team Purple” — spent more than a year sifting through tens of thousands of documents from multiple companies, interviewing social media company executives and former staffers, and analyzing thousands of posts. They sent a flurry of subpoenas and requests for information to social media companies ranging from Facebook to fringe social networks including Gab and the chat platform Discord.
    Team Purple report: “PRIVILEGED ATTORNEY WORK-PRODUCT DRAFT—FOR DISCUSSION PURPOSES ONLY : Social Media & the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol Summary of Investigative Findings”

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