Trump Cowboy-Barred From Office

FILE - Otero County, New Mexico Commissioner Couy Griffin speaks to reporters as he arrives at federal court in Washington, Friday, June. 17, 2022. A New Mexico state district court judge has disqualified Griffin from holding public office. State District Court Judge Francis Mathew issued a ruling Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, that permanently prohibits Griffin from holding or seeking local or federal office.

A politician and President Donald Trump supporter who was removed from elected office and barred from ever serving again because of his role in the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, is attempting to appeal that decision to the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Cowboys for Trump co-founder and former Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin on Tuesday notified the high court of his intent to appeal.

The ruling against Griffin this month from a state District Court in Santa Fe was the first to remove or bar an elected official from office in connection with the attack on the U.S. Capitol building that disrupted Congress as it was trying to certify President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory. Griffin was previously convicted in federal court of a misdemeanor for entering the Capitol grounds Jan. 6 without going inside the building. He was sentenced to 14 days and given credit for time served.

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