On March 18, 2024, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected former Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin’s petition to review a New Mexico state court ruling that removed Griffin from office and barred him from holding any public office in the future. Griffin was disqualified from officeholding pursuant to Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment, based on his participation in the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The Court’s decision not to hear the petition means that Griffin will remain ineligible from holding office in the future.

Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP served as counsel of record in opposing the certiorari petition in Couy Griffin v. New Mexico, ex rel. Marco White, et al. The KHF team included partner Joshua Matz and law clerk Avisha Sabaghian, alongside co-counsel Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, Freedman Boyd Hollander & Goldberg, P.A., Law Office of Amber Fayerberg, and Dodd Law Office, LLC.

Read our brief in opposition to certiorari here. Read the Supreme Court’s decision in the case here.