Jenna Ellis makes deal to suspend law license for three years in Colorado

Jenna Ellis has joined other ex-Donald Trump lawyers in revoking their law licenses in their home states, with the Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday approving a deal that will suspend her from practicing law there for three years.

It’s the latest fallout from the 2020 election for Ellis, who tearfully pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in Georgia in October over her failed efforts to overturn Trump’s loss there.

These efforts were central to Colorado officials’ efforts to prevent Ellis from practicing law in the Centennial State, as Colorado law prohibits attorneys from practicing there while in prison or on probation for a criminal conviction.

Ellis was sentenced in the Georgia case to five years’ probation and ordered to perform 100 hours of community service. She also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in their case against Trump and other co-defendants.

In her Colorado agreement, Ellis admitted that she had “caused significant actual harm in various ways” and “undermined the American public’s confidence in the presidential election process,” the Associated Press reported.

It’s a milder outcome for Ellis compared to others who devised illegal ways for Trump to potentially undermine Joe Biden’s election victory.

Trump lawyer John Eastman, dubbed the “architect” of the ex-president’s efforts to undermine the 2020 election results, has been suspended in California for his post-election work. The California Supreme Court has yet to finally rule on the case, but in the meantime he is barred from his appeal. Rudy Giuliani has since had his law license suspended in Washington and New York, and efforts are underway to make that distinction permanent.

In order for Ellis to be reinstated as an attorney in Colorado, she will have to successfully petition the state beginning in May 2027. It is likely that her repeated public comments showing remorse for her role in the big lie helped Ellis’ case.

“Although disbarment is the presumptive sanction for (Ellis’s) misconduct, it is significant that her criminal culpability was due to her conduct as an accomplice, and not on principle,” Colorado’s Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel wrote in a determination of her suspension . “She has also expressed remorse, acknowledged the harm caused by her misconduct and has taken significant, concrete steps to limit the harm her misconduct caused.”

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