New ethics complaint takes aim at Trump lawyers for their conduct in Arizona

New ethics complaint takes aim at Trump lawyers for their conduct in Arizona
President Donald J. Trump listens and responds to questions from members of the press Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in the James S. Brady White House Press Briefing Room. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

Joe Biden made history in Arizona when he became the first Democrat to win the state in a presidential election since Bill Clinton in 1996. But supporters of President Donald Trump, making baseless claims of widespread voter fraud, filed one election-related lawsuit after another in Arizona — and now, according to the NBC-affiliated Channel 12 News in Phoenix, an ethics complaint has been filed against 21 pro-Trump attorneys involved in those lawsuits.

The complaint was filed by two former presidents of the Arizona State Bar, Roxana Bacon and Amelia Craig Cramer, along with five other attorneys. And in an eight-page letter, they slam the 21 pro-Trump attorneys for bringing ten "utterly meritless cases" against Arizona elections officials.

The letter reads, "Confidence in the legal system is seriously eroded when attorneys treat lawsuits as a platform for broadcasting gossip and innuendo utterly devoid of factual proof as a political stunt." In the letter, the seven attorneys making the complaint ask the Arizona State Bar to conduct an investigation and ask "that appropriate action be taken."

According to Channel 12 News reporter Joe Dana, 11 of the 21 pro-Trump attorneys named in the ethics complaint are practicing in Arizona. Others are practicing in other states, including Sidney Powell — an ally of Atlanta-based attorney Lin Wood, who has been asking Trump to declare martial law in response to voter fraud allegations he has been unable to prove.

Bob McWhirter, one of the seven attorneys making the ethics complaint, told Channel 12 News, "You're not allowed to use the courts as your political playground…. It's not a liberal or conservative thing at all. It's about not filing frivolous lawsuits which wastes thousands and thousands of taxpayer dollars."

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