Common Cause New Mexico files amicus brief to remove Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin from office

Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin

CCNM News:

Common Cause New Mexico on Friday filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with New Mexico’s First Court of Justice in support of three plaintiffs seeking to remove Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin from office and prevented from running again because he violated Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

This provision disqualifies anyone who violates their oath to uphold the state or national constitution by engaging in an insurrection. The provision dates back to the post-Civil War era.

The amicus brief follows a trial in Santa Fe on August 15-16, which featured video clips from January 6 uprising, Griffin’s own social posts, testimony from DC police and political violence and insurgency experts.

“Through these pending actions, the Defendant has demonstrated a complete disregard for the rule of law, providing the Court with compelling evidence of the insurgent nature of his conduct on January 6, 2021 and necessitating his removal from public office.”

The memoir largely focuses on Griffin’s conduct in New Mexico after Jan. 6. He cites his vote on the Otero County Commission, not to certify the June 7 primary election, despite the Otero County Clerk‘s recommendation to do so as there were no discrepancies in the results . Citing discredited conspiracy theories about voting machines, Griffin led the commission in a unanimous vote to prevent New Mexico laws requiring web certification within 10 days.

He later challenged a writ of mandamus issued by the New Mexico Supreme Court ordering Griffin and his fellow commissioners to certify the election. The memoir contains Griffin’s own words as evidence that he is using his position to undermine the rule of law by peddling and amplifying discredited and baseless conspiracy theories.

“I don’t plan to quit my job,” Griffin said. “Why have a commission if we’re just overwhelmed by the justice system.”

Commenting on the brief, Common Cause Executive Director Heather Ferguson said: “The court is faced with a rogue executive who is utterly unrepentant about his continued disregard for his oath of office. Couy Griffin is an insurgent who admits there is no clear evidence for his actions, but does them anyway out of allegiance to a dangerous political faction and not the state of New Mexico or the United States of America. America.

“He needs to be removed from his position and prevented from running again,” Ferguson said.

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