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Jenna Ellis under investigation, again, by attorney-discipline authorities in Colorado

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Quentin Young

(Colorado Newsline) Jenna Ellis, the lawyer who represented former President Donald Trump as he tried to overturn the 2020 election, is under investigation by the state office that oversees attorney conduct in Colorado.

Ellis, who until recently was a Colorado resident and who is licensed to practice law in the state, was publicly censured in Colorado after a professional misconduct investigation in March, when Ellis admitted that multiple statements she made on Trump’s behalf in late 2020 about the presidential election being stolen were “misrepresentations.”

Tuesday she pleaded guilty in Fulton County, Georgia, to a felony charge of aiding and abetting false statements and writings. The plea came as part of a deal she struck with local prosecutors who in August named 19 defendants, including Ellis and Trump, in an election interference-related racketeering case.

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A criminal conviction obliges a lawyer who is licensed to practice in Colorado to report the conviction within 14 days to the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel, and it triggers at minimum a review.

Jessica Yates, the state’s attorney regulation counsel, confirmed Thursday that an investigation into Ellis has commenced.

“I can disclose that an investigation has been opened and the matter involving Jenna Ellis’s Georgia conviction is pending with our office,” Yates said in an email.

Yates declined to comment further about the case.

On Tuesday, Yates said an investigation of the kind Ellis faces could result in “discipline, an alternative to discipline, or other action” permitted by relevant rules.

Newsline on Tuesday contacted the Georgia attorneys who represent Ellis but has not received a response to a request for comment.

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As part of her guilty plea, Ellis agreed to be sentenced to five years of probation, a $5,000 fine and 100 hours of community service. She is required to hand over evidence related to the case and testify truthfully against co-defendants, who include, beside Trump, former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Ellis was sentenced under Georgia’s First Offender Act, which allows her conviction to be sealed from court records upon successful completion of the terms of probation and if she fully cooperates with prosecutors.

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