The State Bar of California Thursday filed a notice of disciplinary charges against attorney John Eastman for his involvement with former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election. In the notice, Chief Trial Counsel George Cardona stated that Eastman violated his obligation under section 6068 of the state bar’s Business and Profession Code, which outlines that attorneys must uphold the US Constitution and laws by engaging in appropriate conduct as outlined in the code.
State bar officials contend that, by assisting Trump in his strategy to overturn the results of the 2020 election, Eastman violated section 6068 of the Business and Profession Code. Eastman wrote two legal memos outlining strategies to block President Joe Biden from taking office through evasion of electoral college procedures. State bar officials allege that the strategies were unsupported by law and were based on misleading assertions of fact.
Eastman faces 11 charges including seeking to mislead a court, misrepresentation of facts regarding the results of the 2020 election, and moral turpitude regarding his statements about deceased citizens voting in the election. With these charges, the Office of Chief Trial Counsel of the State Bar of California seeks Eastman’s disbarment before the State Bar Court.