U.S. District Decide Amit P. Mehta advised Jonathon Moseley he was only acting as ‘caretaker counsel’ right up until Kelly Meggs could obtain a new law firm.
WASHINGTON — A federal judge has requested a disbarred lawyer to halt submitting new motions for the Oath Keeper he was representing in a Capitol riot circumstance.
U.S. District Choose Amit P. Mehta issued the purchase Wednesday telling attorney Jonathon Moseley to “refrain from filing any added motions” on behalf of Florida Oath Keeper Kelly Meggs, who is one particular of a group of militia members accused of sedition in relationship with the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.
Moseley was disbarred previously this thirty day period by the Circuit Court docket of Prince William County right after it decided he violated 6 of the Virginia Condition Bar’s Regulations of Experienced Carry out. The federal court in D.C. calls for lawyers to be customers in very good standing both with the D.C. Bar – exactly where Moseley is not a member – or the “highest court docket of any point out in which you keep your principal law workplace.”
Due to the fact being disbarred, Moseley has submitted at least three new motions on Meggs’ behalf, together with just one Wednesday in which he reported he believed till he received a momentary order of suspension he experienced an “obligation and duty” to continue on representing Meggs.
On Wednesday, Mehta – who beforehand reprimanded Moseley and yet another legal professional, Brad Geyer, for attempting to change the court docket into a discussion board for “bombastic arguments” comparing COVID-19 vaccines to the Holocaust – obliged.
“At this juncture, Mr. Moseley remains only caretaker counsel till successor counsel enters an appearance,” Mehta wrote. “The court will contemplate individuals motions currently filed by Mr. Moseley, but no much more, absent exigent situation and leave of courtroom.”
Meggs and other Oath Keepers were in court docket final 7 days for a position listening to, throughout which Mehta pressed him on what his plan was going forward. Meggs prompt he was contemplating symbolizing himself. To day, no other attorneys have filed appearances in his case.
Moseley also signifies Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes in a civil situation versus him and other alleged Jan. 6 conspirators, as perfectly as Cynthia Ballenger, a Maryland female who knowledgeable the court docket Tuesday she would be represented likely forward by lawyer Nandan Kenkeremath. Kenkeremath has been representing her spouse, Christopher Selling price, in their joint Capitol riot case.
Moseley earlier represented Philadelphia Proud Boys leader Zachary Rehl. Rehl knowledgeable the court docket late last yr he preferred to drop Moseley as counsel in favor of a community defender — which Moseley inevitably relented to after an uncommon series of filings warning Rehl he could drop access to funds donated for his protection and suggesting the federal government was seeking to “manipulate” him.
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