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.

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