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Trump Lawyer Targeting Push Opens New Front With Bar Rules (1)

A group of lawyers who have filed ethics complaints against Trump’s lawyers are trying to make it harder for lawyers to use the legal system to overturn the election.

The group, called Project 65, aims to change the bar’s professional conduct rules in 50 states and the District of Columbia to eliminate “fraudulent and malicious prosecution” against fair election results.

“Lawyers claim to be autonomous and special guardians of the rule of law,” Paul Rosenzweig, a member of the group’s advisory board, told reporters on Wednesday. “They failed in this responsibility” with the 2020 elections.

The effort is a new front in the group’s self-proclaimed battle to protect democracy from abuse of the legal system. 65 Project has already filed 55 ethics complaints against lawyers for former President Donald Trump over their efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

The group’s targets included former Foley & Lardner partner Cleta Mitchell, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and attorneys Joseph diGenova and Boris Epshteyn.

Part of the new Project 65 effort includes proposing rules to prevent lawyers in the public service from violating lawyers’ standards by amplifying false claims about the election.

The group is initially focused on a dozen states, including Ohio, Wisconsin, Texas and Pennsylvania, and DC, said Michael Teter, a former Utah assistant attorney general and chief executive of Project 65.

Changing ethics rules at the American Bar Association, which offers model rules of professional conduct, and at the state level can be convoluted, Teter said, though the group aims to put new rules in place. of ethics for the 2024 elections.

Tom Fitton, chairman of the conservative group Judicial Watch, called the Project 65 effort “a political attack on those on the wrong side of litigation in a political dispute.” George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley said the effort could “put the bar on a slippery slope where lawyers dealing with new or new legal theories can be stripped of their licenses.”

Project 65 sought to disbar Trump attorney John Eastman and asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in the case. He has also targeted former and current state attorneys general in Missouri, Kansas, Alabama and Utah with complaints.

Each of the group’s complaints are active, Teter said.