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The Left is Ramping up Efforts to Destroy Trump Election Attorneys 

State bars are mostly controlled by Democrats, and the left has figured out how to weaponize them.

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State bars are mostly controlled by Democrats, and the left has figured out how to weaponize them to destroy conservative lawyers.

The easiest way they’ve figured out how to do it is to focus on the fact a lawyer did not get a favorable ruling on a conservative issue — whether the judge ruled against their client or dismissed the case — and then complain to the state bar that the lawyer brought a frivolous case meant to harass someone. It doesn’t matter if the judge didn’t actually rule on the case or order sanctions against the lawyer. So without actually litigating the merits of the complaint, state bars are acting as judge, jury and executioner.

How do they know if a case is frivolous and without merit if they never litigated it with a real trial, put on evidence, etc.? These cases are filed by top, respectable attorneys in their election expertise area, not obvious jokers meant to harass people.

Once a state bar begins investigating a complaint, it is extremely difficult to recover from the process unless an attorney is fully exonerated. If an attorney is censured, or suspended briefly from practicing law — not even suspended — that’s enough to destroy their legal career. The reputational damage combined with the immense amount of resources and money necessary to defend themselves is difficult to overcome unless you are extremely wealthy. So this makes it very difficult to find competent lawyers willing to work on conservative causes. Lawyers quit the Trump election challenges in droves once they realized what was eventually going to happen to them.

They can’t just pack up and practice law in another state; state bars have a sister system with each other where if you are subject to discipline in one state, other states will very likely not admit you to practice law. And unlike most professions, once a lawyer is suspended or disbarred, a lawyer can no longer practice his profession. Although some state bars are not mandatory, lawyers still must have a license to practice law and those can be taken away by state disciplinary boards which the left also dominates.

Lawyers are easier targets than politicians because they don’t have the network or money to fend off attacks. Politicians usually have acquired a bit of money due to their fame, and know people in high places. Whereas their lawyers are usually unknown regular folks just trying to get by. Taking down their lawyers removes one important way politicians can protect themselves, since no one else will dare stick their neck out and represent them after seeing what happened to earlier lawyers. Additionally, it makes the politicians look bad.

So now the vultures are descending upon Trump’s election lawyers, both those he personally hired and others like Lin Wood who were working on his behalf. The State Bar of Georgia even initiated its own investigation into Wood, they didn’t bother waiting for a left-wing activist to file a complaint. They authored a 1,677-page Memorandum of Grievance against him.

This long of a complaint is unheard of, and shows what length they are willing to go to in order to disbar him.

It contains a myriad allegations of mostly technical violations. Normal lawyers commit technical violations every day, it happens, and most of them are waived off, or sometimes corrected, without a problem. But to the average non-lawyer, it can sound dire. For example, in Woods’ Wisconsin lawsuit, the Bar accused him of failing to include a copy of a proposed judge’s order detailing the relief sought, failing to ask for a hearing and not indicating whether he served the papers on defense counsel (no address was listed), among other things. No lawyer or judge would even blink an eye at one of those.

However, Woods has made some radical statements, and in this politically correct era brought in by the left, the definition of free speech has changed. What was considered free speech just a year ago, is no longer today. During the January 6 protest at the Capitol, Wood tweeted to his followers that they should follow the advice of Bill White to ‘enter the US Capitol Building … enter both houses … fight for us [and] … fight for Trump.” He included an image stating that it was ‘1776 Again.’ There are all kinds of vague rules the Bar can say Wood violated by “inciting violence.” I have no doubt in my mind that Wood will be disbarred, and they will bury him in costs and fees amounting in the millions.

That’s just another aspect of how the left destroys these lawyers through bar complaints, the costs and fees. A judge in Detroit is currently considering whether to award attorneys fees against Wood and other lawyers who filed a lawsuit in Michigan challenging the election results.

U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg, an Obama appointee, referred a lawyer who litigated a case challenging several battleground states’ election results to a grievance committee for potential disciplinary action. Erick Kaardal’s grave offense? Merely trying to change the results of the electoral counts by showing voter fraud. Boasberg admitted in his referral that Kaardal had submitted over 70 pages of alleged voter fraud. What probably set off the judge is Kaardal is a past secretary/treasurer of the Minnesota Republican Party.

Sidney Powell is under attack from multiple left wingers trying to get her disbarred over her “Kraken” lawsuits. The city of Detroit asked a federal judge to permanently ban her from practicing law in Michigan and to refer her to the state’s bar for grievance proceedings. As usual, the grounds are that the complaint was “frivolous.” Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer filed a bar complaint against Powell and three other attorneys, Greg Rohl, Scott Hagerstrom and Stefanie Junttila, in both Michigan and Texas, asking for disbarment. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson filed their own complaints. Benson said Powell’s lawsuit was meritless and frivolous.

In Arizona, left wing activist lawyers associated with the Arizona State Bar, an organization notorious for targeting conservative lawyers, filed a bar complaint against Powell, Wood, Kaardal and other election lawyers. Robert McWhirter, a lawyer in Arizona with a pattern of going after the right, who has been on the bar’s board of governors for years, teamed up with two former bar presidents and five other lawyers to write the complaint. He had the nerve to tell 12 News, “It’s not a liberal or conservative thing at all.” Instead — wait for it — “It’s about not filing frivolous lawsuits…”

Washington-based attorney Patrick Malone filed an ethics complaint with the D.C. Bar Disciplinary Counsel against three attorneys behind Gohmert v. Pence. As expected, the key word “frivolous” was used. The courts found a reason to throw the case out last month, saying they had sued the wrong person. In a case like that, suing the wrong person is not a reason to discipline attorneys, it was a close call and many legal scholars disagree with the dismissal. Lawyers Defending American Democracy is seeking to get Rep. Gohmert himself disbarred over the election challenges.

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-N.J. filed bar complaints against Rudy Giuliani and other attorneys in multiple states, saying their lawsuits were frivolous. The New York Bar Association, which is voluntary and does not include Giuliani, has asked the state’s disciplinary board to disbar him. Fortunately, the left’s attempts to get Rudy Giuliani disbarred won’t do much damage. He is wealthy and connected and doesn’t need to practice law. It will have the significance of the Arkansas Bar Association suspending Bill Clinton’s license to practice law for five years over lying under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky.

These are only some of the complaints that have been filed against conservative Trump election lawyers, there are many more. Since state bars are notorious for going after conservative lawyers, most of these lawyers will likely be suspended or disbarred unless they are well-connected with the leftists running the state bars, disciplinary committees or the disciplinary judges. Election law is a highly specialized area and with fewer conservative lawyers in this area, and others deterred from practicing this kind of law, the left will rack up even more victories in election lawsuits.

It is imperative that these lawyers find legal representation in the bar complaints and publicize the proceedings. While it may not be the most glamorous side of politics, if we don’t clean up corruption when it comes to elections we will lose everything since the Democrats will be able to dominate elected offices.

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



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Scottsdale School District Retaliates Against Parents Over Curriculum Meeting

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Last week, a group of Scottsdale Unified School District Parents hosted a meeting to discuss the controversial new curriculum and to educate parents on what content to be on the lookout for. In response to this meeting the school district send a cease and desist order over the use of “SUSD”.  Parents are shocked Scottsdale Unified School District administration would waste resources over such a simple matter.  One parent involved Amy Carney had the follow reaction “This time the school board has crossed a new threshold and must be held accountable for abusing their power to intimidate parents through legal action. Parents were sent a cease and desist letter for using the Scottsdale Unified School District initials to describe our recent event and for using “SUSD” as a part of a group of concerned parents in the districts’ social media name.”

Unfortunately, this situation is playing out across the country as parents continue to ask questions about their children’s education.

 

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STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO SCOTTSDALE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT’S LETTER SENT TO PARENTS TO CEASE AND DESIST USE OF SCHOOL DISTRICT’S INITIALS TO ORGANIZE NON DISTRICT APPROVED EVENTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Scottsdale, Arizona—Scottsdale Unified School Board President, Jann Michael Greenburg, approved using taxpayer’s dollars to target and harass Scottsdale public school district parents for hosting an information night on July 28 for community members and parents.
Scottsdale mom of six, Amy Carney, co-organizer of the event, says, “We hosted this event because parents need to know what to expect when sending their kids back to school. The district is not transparent or truthful with parents so we hosted the event to share what we’ve learned and give parents the tools and information to take action this upcoming school year. The board President is now retaliating against us parents for circumventing their ability to control the conversation.”

Since August, 2020 parents have held the district and board accountable for gaslighting families on everything from school closures, to mask mandates and curriculum. On record, the board President has tried to intimidate theseoutspoken parents into silence by harassing them on social media and canceling their voices at school board meetings. Carney says, “This time the school board has crossed a new threshold and must be held accountable for abusing
their power to intimidate parents through legal action. Parents were sent a cease and desist letter for using the Scottsdale Unified School District initials to describe our recent event and for using “SUSD” as a part of a group of concerned parents in the districts’ social media name.

Unknown to the group, the board trademarked the initials in October of 2020 and is now selectively choosing who can and cannot use the Scottsdale Unified School District initials. The district’s attorney gave the unofficial Facebook group of moms and dads (formerly known as SUSD-CAN) until Friday afternoon to change the group’s name which is now the Scottsdale Unified CAN (Community Advocacy Network). Co-admin of the Facebook group (formerly known as SUSD-CAN) Trish Olson says, “Why didn’t they just ask us directly to change the name? We’ve met with Scottsdale Superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel monthly, as recently as
July 8. If they wanted to keep lines of communication open with parents, why get lawyers involved?”

Scottsdale parent and Co-organizer of the event, Amanda Wray, raised awareness in the community last week when SUSD sent a controversial form by “mistake” asking parents for consent to have their child surveyed with questions about medical and mental health history and gun and ammunition ownership in the home. The district replaced the
consent form and issued a statement of retraction. Wray says, “Unfortunately, this just looks and feels like retaliation for scrutinizing the district over the repeated missteps and lack of transparency with parents. Our mission and efforts will not be diluted or discouraged by such trivial and punitive actions against our group. We encourage all parents in public schools to get involved in their child’s education and ask questions when things don’t seem right.”

 

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Sowing the Wind and Reaping the Whirlwind: California and its Epic Wildfires

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Like the 2018 Camp Fire, California’s Dixie Fire is epic. It has burned more than 220,000 acres and at least 40 structures. It’s the largest conflagration since the Camp Fire that destroyed Paradise. Sadly, California wildfires are becoming as common as Florida hurricanes. Why is this happening and who’s to blame? In a word, California.

By mismanaging its forests and water sources and enabling a power provider to place profits over people, the Golden State has sown the wind and is reaping the whirlwind.

Why is every California fire season scarier and more destructive than the last? The reasons can be boiled down to these:

  1. Decades of forest mismanagement caused by environmentalists shaping policy
  2. Co-opted Northern California watersheds and water supply diversion
  3. Hotter temperatures and historic drought conditions caused by climate change
  4. Failing PG&E infrastructure
Forest mismanagement

We live five miles from the southeastern edge of the Dixie Fire. Our little mountain town of Quincy is under an evacuation warning. Many of our fellow residents live in areas of mandatory evacuation and some have lost their homes. Local firefighters and forest experts have known for years this was inevitable.

It’s common sense, really. When forest undergrowth and dead limbs and logs are allowed to pile up between trees, you may as well stack logs at their bases and light a match. Wise forest managers remove forest floor fuels and keep forests from growing dangerously dense.

Foolish forest managers allow undergrowth to flourish in order to “protect” ecological environments of certain species at the expense of overall forest ecology. This hands-off approach is pushed in Sacramento by those who think we’re only one species sharing our environment rather than caretakers of our environment.

Wise gardeners prevent weeds from diverting moisture from produce plants by removing them. This ensures a healthy garden. Why wouldn’t smart forest management include removal of undergrowth and dead or dying trees?

Water diversion

A few years ago, state biologists “gill-netted” vast quantities of fish in our local Silver Lake in order to prevent them from feeding on a certain frog. This decimated the fish population in favor of the frog population. How is this an ecological balance?

Similarly, allowing natural water sources to feed rivers and streams provides better hydration for trees—and raises critical moisture levels for forests. Diverting water from Northern California sources when levels are low exacerbates the deadly dryness of moisture-starved Sierra forests. Shouldn’t there be a better balance based on water levels?

As climate change continues to affect moisture and heat, smart and balanced water management becomes more critical. Yet California continues to base policy decisions reactively rather than proactively. If Northern California watershed areas burn for lack of moisture, poor water management will be partially to blame.

So will California’s reliance on hydroelectric power over traditional (and more effective) fossil-fuel plants. The state gets nearly 2/3 of its power from non-fossil fuel production, which is why it has to buy electricity from states like Oregon, Arizona and others.

Failing PG&E

Failed PG&E power lines are responsible for devastating California wildfires for the last five fire seasons. According to PG&E’s initial report the day the Dixie Fire started, an employee responding to an outage noticed a blown fuse at Cresta Dam in a heavily forested area of Butte County around the Feather River Canyon. He found two blown fuses and a tree leaning on a power conductor. He also found a fire on the ground near the base of the tree.

When the 2018 Camp Fire erupted, a PG&E employee noticed flames caused by a faulty transmission line in Feather River Canyon. Many of these lines are supported by electrical towers from the early 1900s. PG&E customers pay modern rates for modern electricity delivered via century-old towers.

In fairness, PG&E is finally taking steps to modernize its infrastructure with underground line burial and other measures. Sadly, these measures are long overdue and are too little too late for victims of the Camp Fire and now for those dealing with the Dixie Fire. Worse, PG&E seems to be continuing their foot-dragging regarding reporting system failures when they point to a wildfire start.

Closed market

According to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), PG&E ignored regulations that require it to report wildfire-related infrastructure failures within two hours of the event. PG&E took five days to report the Dixie Fire-related failure to CPUC. As a state agency, CPUC answers to Governor Gavin Newsom and Sacramento politicians. PG&E is supposed to answer to CPUC, yet is still failing to follow the rules.

Not only is there a lack of meaningful accountability, the relationship between California and PG&E is dysfunctional. The average citizen wonders why Sacramento continues enabling a repeat offender of a power company. Another question is why California refuses to open up its utility market to competitors in order to force PG&E to modernize its infrastructure.

Something has to change or California will continue to burn every fire season. Close to home, people in our community love living in Northern California, but the Golden State will lose even more citizens if residents have to flee the flames every summer.

 

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