Wisconsin Supreme Court Suspends Trump Attorney From Judicial Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Wisconsin Supreme Court temporarily suspended Donald Trump attorney James Troupis from his position on the court’s committee overseeing judicial conduct for his role in a fake electors scheme during the 2020 election. 

The Badger State’s highest court sent Troupis — a longtime lawyer and former circuit court judge — a notice June 11 that he has been “temporarily suspended from service on the Judicial Conduct Advisory Committee,” effective immediately. Troupis was one of three people charged last week in a scheme to falsely declare former President Donald Trump the winner of the 2020 election in Wisconsin by sending fake electors to Congress to cast their vote. Troupis, along with Trump attorney Kenneth Chesebro and Trump campaign staffer Michael Roman, were charged with a felony count of forgery for attempting to subvert the results of the 2020 election.

According to the charging documents, Chesebro sent two memos in the weeks after the 2020 election to Troupis outlining a plan to send fake state electors to Congress on Dec. 14, 2020 to cast their votes for Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, rather than the real electors who would cast their rightful votes for President Joe Biden, who won the state of Wisconsin by more than 20,000 votes. Troupis then allegedly sent both memos to the White House to keep them in the loop of the plan, according to the charging documents.

Troupis was appointed by former Gov. Scott Walker (R) to fill a vacancy and serve as a circuit court judge in Dane County in 2015, but did not run for election for a full term. In 2020, Troupis was appointed as a member to the Judicial Conduct Advisory Committee — the judicial advisory committee that’s tasked with issuing advice and opinions on justices’ and judges’ compliance with state code and judicial conduct. He was reappointed to the Committee in March of 2023, despite calls to remove him from the position for his role in the fake electors scheme. 

Both Chesebro and Roman were also charged in Georgia for their roles in trying to subvert the election results in the Peach State. Chesebro pleaded guilty in October of 2023 to a felony count of conspiracy to file false documents.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s order to suspend Troupis from his position on the nine-member advice committee is effective immediately but the order did not state how long the temporary suspension would last, or if it would be permanent. 

Read the order here.