Jenna Ellis was censured by a disciplinary judge in Colorado on Wednesday, in the latest effort to hold accountable the lawyers who pushed former President Donald Trump’s 2020 election rollback tactics.
Ellis signed a stipulation stating that several comments she made about the 2020 election violated professional ethics rules that prohibit intentional, knowing or reckless misrepresentations by attorneys, according to documents released by the Colorado Office of Lawyers Regulation. As part of the stipulation, Ellis agreed to pay $224.
Among the false statements highlighted in the stipulation were comments by Ellis on social media and in television appearances that claimed the Trump campaign had proof that the election had been “stolen.”
“The public censure on this issue reinforces that even if they engage in political speech, there is a line that lawyers cannot cross, particularly when speaking in an agent capacity,” said Jessica Yates, attorney regulatory counsel for the US Supreme Court, in a statement.
Michael Melito, Ellis’ attorney, told CNN in a statement: “My client continues to be a practicing attorney in good standing in the state of Colorado. In a very heated political climate, we have secured that correct result.”