The condition Attorney General’s Office has filed a bar grievance against a Sequim law firm who has filed a raft of lawsuits creating baseless statements of common voter fraud in Washington.
The grievance to the Office of Disciplinary Counsel takes purpose at lawyer Virginia Shogren for a lawsuit versus Gov. Jay Inslee that was recently rejected as “frivolous” by the point out Supreme Court.
Shogren represented the Washington Election Integrity Coalition United in the Inslee lawsuit, which alleged common registration of noncitizens. The state Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit as devoid of lawful benefit and previous thirty day period requested Shogren and the coalition to spend much more than $28,000 in legal penalties.
The bar criticism, signed by Solicitor Basic Noah Purcell, accuses Shogren of violating qualified perform regulations when she “advanced frivolous lawful arguments and designed allegations of voter fraud with no basis in truth.”
The grievance cited promises by Shogren that her client experienced discovered 50,000 noncitizens registered to vote in the point out, without having giving any basis or methodology for those assertions. A “casual check” of a sample of alleged noncitizens the coalition claimed had voted in 2020 confirmed the facts was “not trustworthy,” Purcell wrote. For illustration, he wrote, just one voter recognized by the team had tweeted about turning out to be a naturalized citizen in 2019.
“Unfounded and baseless allegations, like those made by Ms. Shogren have the predictable influence of undermining the public’s faith in our democratic establishments,” Purcell wrote.
Shogren did not immediately react to a request for comment. She was admitted to the state bar in 2003 and has no other general public disciplinary historical past, according to the bar association’s on line legal listing.
The election coalition represented by Shogren has various further lawsuits from elections officers pending in federal courtroom which make unsubstantiated promises of enormous vote fraud. None of the group’s lawsuits throughout the condition has been prosperous — mirroring the circumstance nationally for this kind of situations, which echo previous President Donald Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election.
The group’s leader, Tamborine Borrelli, is operating for secretary of state this yr, listing her party affiliation as “America First (R).”
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel is billed with investigating ethics complaints in opposition to attorneys in the point out. It can advise punishment ranging from a official warning to suspension or disbarment. Closing choices are produced by court-appointed hearings officers, with all suspensions and disbarments reviewed by the condition Supreme Court docket.
The grievance signed by Purcell does not seek out any certain punishment, but asks the business to “look into this make a difference and get more action as you deem correct.”