Former Chapman College Regulation College dean John Eastman surrendered to authorities in Atlanta on Tuesday in response to his election-fraud indictment together with former President Donald Trump and 17 different defendants.
Eastman was booked and launched on $100,000 bond. An arraignment date has not but been set for Eastman in reference to the indictment, which accuses the defendants of illegally plotting to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election.
Chatting with reporters exterior the Fulton County courthouse, Eastman remained defiant, saying he totally expects to be vindicated. Requested if he nonetheless believes the 2020 election was “stolen” from Trump, he flatly replied, “Completely, no query.”
Eastman’s lawyer, Charles Burnham, mentioned in an announcement final week that Georgia prosecutors have been making an attempt to criminalize “lawful political speech.”
“It goes hand-in-glove with the current effort to criminalize lawful political speech and authorized recommendation, in stark violation of constitutional rights to freedom of speech, proper to petition the federal government for redress of grievances, and the appropriate to counsel,” he mentioned.
“Attorneys in all places must be sleepless over this newest stunt to criminalize their advocacy. It is a authorized cluster-bomb that leaves unexploded (ordnance) for legal professionals to navigate in perpetuity. Dr. Eastman will problem this indictment in any and all boards out there to him.”
Eastman, who’s charged with 9 legal counts, is accused of taking part in an alleged scheme to have an alternate slate of electors from Georgia, favorable to Trump, symbolize the state within the Electoral Faculty after Joe Biden gained the state, which was key to his victory.
Eastman is charged with violation of the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, solicitation of violation of oath by public officer, conspiracy to commit impersonating a public officer, conspiracy to commit forgery within the first diploma, conspiracy to commit false statements and writings, conspiracy to commit submitting false paperwork, conspiracy to commit forgery within the first diploma, conspiracy to commit false statements and writings, and submitting false paperwork.
He’s additionally dealing with disciplinary prices and attainable disbarment from the California State Bar, which means he would now not have the ability to follow regulation within the state. His disciplinary listening to had been scheduled to renew Tuesday, however the proceedings have been placed on maintain whereas Eastman traveled to Georgia to give up on the legal indictment.
The State Bar listening to is about to renew Thursday.