The professional legal careers of a handful of attorneys could be facing some future stormy waters after they chose to aid President Donald Trump by pushing baseless conspiracy theories about a rigged election that Trump actually won.
The Wall Street Journal reports that pro-Trump lawyers Sidney Powell and L. Lin Wood could be facing disbarment after attorneys for the city of Detroit asked a Michigan judge to reprimand Powell and Wood, referring them for disbarment and financial penalties.
Tyler Maulsby, a legal ethics expert, said:
“Lawyers can’t just say stuff. By signing your name to this pleading, you are saying you have concluded, based on your legal training, that there is some basis you can prove in discovery.”
The pro-Trump attorneys sued on behalf of some Michigan Trump voters who claimed the states’ election officials had manipulated the results using software designed by foreign dictators, including one who has been dead for years, among other allegations that were quickly thrown out of court.
Detroit’s Lawyer, David Fink wrote: “The extent of the factual and legal errors in this complaint would warrant sanctions under any circumstances. but here the court’s processes are being perverted to undermine our democracy and to upset the peaceful transfer of power.”
Michigan AG Dana Nessel added that she may seek sanctions against the lawyers who filed suits challenging election results.
This news about Powell and Wood comes as Trump’s self-described “personal attorney” Rudy Giuliani faces possible disbarment in several states.
Republican lawyer Cleta Mitchell resigned from her job at a prestigious law firm after taking part in a call from Trump pressuring Georgia’s secretary of state to help him overturn his election loss, and Powell has been sued for slander by Dominion, a voting technology company that played a prominent roll in the 2020 election.
Bizarrely, attorney L. Lin Wood reportedly told associates that he believed himself to be the second coming of Jesus Christ. He is also on a recording admitting to assaulting one of those associates.
According to a report in Law & Crime, the allegations against Wood appear in lawsuit filings by former partners Jonathan Grunberg, Nicole Wade and Taylor Wilson and accuse Wood of fraud and breach of contract.
The partners alleged that Wood agreed to an undisclosed settlement when they all left the firm because of Wood’s “erratic, hostile, abusive, and threatening” behavior.
According to Wood’s former partners, they have him on a recording saying:
“I might actually be Christ coming back for a second time in the form of an imperfect man, elevating Christ consciousness. That cause you to have a little bit of a chill? Who would be more eloquent to say what the will of God is, the belief of God in me … I represent Moses.”
Wood continued, “I represent Ananias the believer. I’m like the power of King David. Now look you all, I told you I was going to pray tonight to my God, not to myself, because to me there’s God and there’s me.”
They also allege that Wood admits on the tape to physically assaulting Grunberg in a hotel elevator during an out of town business trip for “no reason whatsoever.”