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Lin Wood plans to sue members of the State Bar of Georgia Disciplinary Committee for having to undergo a mental health exam to retain his bar license, he said Tuesday, as the far-right attorney is facing an investigation and other professional ramifications over the An unsubstantiated conspiracy is spreading theories about electoral fraud in an attempt to overturn the November election.

Attorney Lin Wood at a rally on December 2, 2020 in Alpharetta, Georgia (AP Photo / Ben Margot)

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Important facts

Wood shared a lawsuit through Telegram to be filed in the U.S. District Court in Georgia, though court records indicate the lawsuit has not yet been filed.

The State Bar of Georgia has asked Wood to undergo a mental health assessment as part of a wider complaint against the attorney about his post-election behavior and litigation, which could ultimately result in Wood’s ability to practice the legal profession “Mental” illness, cognitive impairment, alcohol or drug abuse, as far as the legal competence is impaired. “

Wood defied the prosecutor’s request for a mental health assessment, claiming it violated his First Amendment, due process and privacy rights. He claimed he was not mentally ill and that prosecutors did not have sufficient reasons to force an assessment on him.

The prosecution’s investigation of Wood is based on four complaints from people outside Georgia about Wood’s lawsuits challenging the election results, alleges Wood, which the attorney defended in the lawsuit when exercising his freedom of speech on “political issues inherent in public and” national Worry. “

Wood’s refusal to take the exam could be a reason for him to forfeit his license if he does not win his trial, as prosecution rules dictate that “may be a reason for further trial … including.” an emergency lifting procedure. ”

The State Bar of Georgia has not yet responded to a request for comment, but has previously confirmed to Forbes that it is investigating Wood as part of its “Mental Disability and Substance Abuse” policy.

Key background

Wood was banned from Twitter and the Trump administration distanced itself from him for spreading outlandish conspiracy theories after the election, including allegations related to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John Roberts and former Vice President Mike Pence, whom Wood said should “be executed by firing squad.” The attorney has also been involved in a number of state election fraud lawsuits, including several with his right-wing attorney Sidney Powell, whom Wood claims is now representing in Dominion Voting Systems’ lawsuit against them. His behavior has led to a number of consequences beyond the Georgia Bar investigation: a judge banned Wood from a case in Delaware for his conduct in independent election cases, and MSNBC host Joy Reid asked a New York federal court to remove Wood from one Remove libel case against them. Nicholas Sandmann, an 18-year-old from Covington Catholic High School known for his viral standoff with a Native American elder, also dismissed Wood as his attorney, and Mercer Law School was under pressure to get Wood’s name out of a courtroom Remove school. Dominion, whose voting machines are at the heart of a baseless conspiracy theory of electoral fraud promoted by Wood and other right-wing extremists, has also proposed suing Wood for defamation, as Powell and other Trump allies have.

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Wood is also being investigated to see if he voted illegally in Georgia after staying outside of the state of South Carolina, the Georgia Secretary of State previously confirmed to Forbes.

further reading

Georgia State Bar wants to punish pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood (Forbes)

Pro-Trump attorney Lin Wood could lose license as Georgia Bar seeks mental health assessment (Forbes)

Lin Wood to represent Sidney Powell in Dominion defamation case (Forbes)

Georgia’s Foreign Secretary Investigates Whether Pro-Trump Lawyer Illegally Elected Lin Wood (Forbes)