Lin Wood, the avidly pro-Trump figure who joined the numerous lawyers who began to circle the now former president in the wake of his 2020 election loss, has decided on his retirement from the practice of law as licensed in his former home state of Georgia. He made this move amid what was an apparently lingering threat of disbarment that emerged after state authorities overseeing lawyers became fed up with him.
Wood isn’t the only lawyer or former lawyer closely aligned with Trump to have faced the threat of serious discipline. Rudy Giuliani was slapped with suspensions from practicing law in New York and Washington, D.C., with subsequent disciplinary proceedings, and John Eastman, who is known for helping advance the idea that Mike Pence could have taken action to thwart Joe Biden’s 2020 win, was hit with a disciplinary case in California that has threatened to result in his disbarment. And on a slightly less sweeping level, there have also been punishments like sanctions, which here have involved the imposition of financial penalties and continuing education requirements. Wood was named in sanctions stemming from a failed Michigan lawsuit that were recently mostly upheld by an appeals court.
Sidney Powell was also on the losing end of those proceedings. In an online post from Wood that circulated this week, he credited his decision to abandon his accreditation with the Georgia Bar to supposed infiltration at that organization by Freemasons and other secret societies. Such concerns have long been a favored topic for right-wing conspiracy theories and, of course, directly mirror all the far-right’s false claims about the 2020 presidential election in their blatant absurdity.
In other recent happenings in Georgia on this front, the state announced unsurprising findings from an investigation into claims of election fraud that implicated former Atlanta-area election workers Ruby Freeman and Shaye Moss. In that probe, which even involved help from the FBI, no evidence of such fraud was found, though even Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) in recent Congressional proceedings has furthered the lies.