Georgia bar says mental health exam isn’t key to Lin Wood’s fate

Attorney L. Lynn Wood speaks during a news conference about election results in Alpharetta, Georgia, US, December 2, 2020. REUTERS/Ilia Novellag

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(Reuters) – The Georgia State Bar is resisting L. Lynn Wood’s attempt to circumvent the attorney’s licensing authority’s request that he undergo a mental health evaluation.

In a series of lawsuits filed in federal court in Atlanta on Monday, the state bar association said Wood, who has espoused conspiracy theories and gained significant social media after challenging the election defeat of former President Donald Trump, will not lose his legal license if he is not evaluated. .

But the bar said her request for a mental health evaluation is part of its comprehensive investigation into Wood, who called for the former US vice president’s execution and allegedly attacked two of his former legal colleagues.

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The attorney said Wood may lose his license at the end of the investigation, but that he will have many opportunities to challenge the evidence against him. That evidence includes allegations of physical violence made against him by Wood’s former colleagues in a pending lawsuit in Fulton County Superior Court.

Wood sued members of the Georgia State Bar’s Disciplinary Board in March, alleging that her request for a mental health exam violated his First Amendment speech rights.

“The actions brought against me by the Georgia State Bar are trivial,” Wood told Reuters on Tuesday. “They are driven by the political agenda of the elite establishment that currently controls the Georgia strip.”

Wood disputed the allegations in the Fulton County lawsuit, saying he did not assault his former co-workers. He also said he had evidence that Pence was guilty of treason, but claimed he did not advocate his execution, asserting that he was using “rhetorical or political exaggeration” that was also protected.

The state bar association argued that the federal court had no jurisdiction to intervene in disciplinary proceedings at the state level, arguing that only the Georgia Supreme Court could make the decision. Likewise, Wood is also unable to obtain a preliminary injunction against the Bar, the defendants say.

In addition, Wood is not entitled to damages or attorney’s fees, the state bar association argued.

The defendants are also challenging Wood’s request to disqualify US District Judge Timothy Patten from hearing the case. Wood argued that Patten should be disqualified or disqualified because he rejected two election-related lawsuits that Wood led.

“Any reasonable person, aware of all relevant facts, shall have no doubt as to Judge Patten’s impartiality simply because he has previously served as a judge in a case involving the plaintiff,” the state bar association wrote in its filing.

Patten on Monday set a May 13 hearing date on Wood’s requests for a preliminary injunction and a new judge. Wood told Reuters he believed Patten was “corrupt or threatened”.

The state bar’s response comes more than a week after Wood resigned from a federal lawsuit in New York filed on behalf of a woman who alleged she was defamed by MSNBC host Joy Reed.

Read and her lawyers sought to remove Wood from the case after he claimed that the 2020 election was stolen from Trump and that US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts was linked to pedophiles and illegally adopted two children with the help of Jeffrey Epstein. Wood told Reuters last week he stepped aside because it was in his client’s best interests.

In January, Wood was banned from Twitter, where he regularly promoted conspiracy theories linked to QAnon to a large number of his followers. A Delaware judge also barred him from representing former Trump adviser Carter Page and said Wood’s allegations about Roberts were “too disgusting and outrageous to repeat.”

Lawyers for Nall & Miller, who represent the state bar association, did not respond to requests for comment.

The case is Wood v. Frederick, US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, 1:21-cv-011169.

Lynn Wood: Lynn Wood Pro C; Ibrahim Reyes from Reyes’s attorneys; Larry Crane from Crane Law Collection

Defendants: Robert Goldsticker and Patrick Arndt of Nal & Miller

(Note: This story has been updated to include comments from L. Lin Wood.)

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