Friday, March 1st, a Virginia Court voted to disbar Oath Keepers’ defense attorney Jonathon Moseley for violation of the Rule of Professional conduct. After two days of reviewing evidence, a 3-judge panel decided to revoke the law license of the controversial advocate who is more widely known for filing frivolous motions and pushing conspiracy theories than for legal prowess, much to the exhaustion of those with the misfortune of drawing his cases.
On the official website for the Virginia Bar on Tuesday, they released the ruling, saying that Moseley:
“Violated professional rules that govern safekeeping property; meritorious claims and contentions; candor toward the tribunal; fairness to opposing party and counsel; unauthorized practice of law, multi jurisdictional practice of law; bar admission, disciplinary matters…and misconduct.”
Notorious for representing some of the most high-profile names from the January 6th insurrection, Moseley’s disbarment happens as a July court date approaches. He’s currently representing 11 Oath Keepers who are facing charges of sedition, including, Kelly Meggs, an Oath Keepers member who took on a leadership role in the Capitol breach.
Moseley also represented Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes and coup conspirator Ali Alexander in attempts to prevent the January 6th Select Committee from getting their hands on Rhodes’ and Alexander’s phone records, leading up to and during the January 6th attack.
This was a curious move, considering just a few months prior – October 2021 – Moseley was the attorney on record for Proud Boy, Zack Rehl. Rehl had been accused of being a mastermind behind the plot to overthrow the government and accused of conspiracy with Roger Stone associate, Joe Biggs.
But in a motion filed Oct. 8th, Jonathon Moseley pointed the finger at Ali Alexander as the true mastermind, citing The Washington Post, in his amended filing.
“The one person who claims to have been the National Organizer of the ‘Stop the Steal movement’ through events across the country, and the ‘Stop the Steal rally’ in Washington, DC is Ali Alexander, born Ali Abdul-Razaq Akbar.”
In other words, “the colored guy did it.”
So the revelation that Moseley, just two months later, was representing Alexander was surprising, to say the least. And it’s not easy to be shocked when it comes to Jonathon Moseley.
Moseley’s recent disbarment, which he is appealing, isn’t his first brush with professional disciplinary action. In 2009, Moseley’s law license was suspended for six months after representing schoolteacher-turned-Senate-lobbyist Tracy E. Ammons in his suit against the evangelical titan the Christian Coalition of America for $130,000 in unpaid services.
Again in a Virginia Court, a 3-judge panel found Moseley guilty of filing frivolous discovery requests and making false statements during the arbitration. An appeals court upheld the judgment in 2010.
Apparently, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks – or an old attorney a new grift. Judge Mehta, overseeing some of Moseley’s impending trial cases, struck down an attempt to have two of his Oath Keepers clients released from jail in December on an unfounded claim of Covid vaccination fears. Kyle Cheney of POLITICO tweeted this:
Judge Mehta is not impressed by claims from two Oath Keepers that they need to be released from prison so they won’t be forcibly injected with the Covid vaccine. pic.twitter.com/8iitRohMOP
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) December 23, 2021
In his Twitter bio, Jonathon Moseley refers to himself as an “attorney and political activist”.
Both have yet to be proven.
But with Moseley’s feed full of retweets of notable “patriots” like Julie Kelly, Tim Pool, and Hollywood has-been-turned-MAGA-sycophant Kevin Sorbo, if I were the Oath Keepers – I’d cut my losses.
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