ACTL Condemns Violence in Response to Electoral College Vote


NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. (January 6, 2021) – The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL) abhors the violence that has disrupted the orderly process of transferring power pursuant to the will of the electorate. Blame for the actions of the demonstrators rests not just with the demonstrators themselves but also with those who have fomented and encouraged it. The ACTL calls on our leaders to do everything in their power to put a stop to the violence now. 

The United States is a nation founded on the rule of law.  Our differences are decided at the ballot box and through debate, not with guns and armed conflicts in the streets and the halls of democracy.  While peaceful demonstrations are rightfully protected by the Constitution, those who refuse to peacefully accept the Constitutional process for transfers of power injure our Nation and threaten the fabric of our democracy with anarchy.  We call on every lawyer to speak out and take action to advance the rule of law and put an end to this travesty of our Constitutional processes.

The College strongly supports the independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings.

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Dennis J. Maggi, CAE, Executive Director

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