Adult film star Stormy Daniels was dealt a small blow in the hush money with Donald Trump.
Daniels had filed a complaint citing that attorney Joe Tacopina had a conflict of interest in the case because of the prior professional relationship Daniels had with Tacopina.
That motion, however, was denied.
Jorge Dopico, chief attorney for the Attorney Grievance Committee of the First Judicial Department, issued the ruling on the matter on Tuesday via a letter sent to Tacopina.
The letter stated, “Following an investigation of the allegations in the above-referenced complaint filed against you, the Committee has determined to take no further action.”
This ruling backs up the ruling that was made in the case by the presiding judge, with Tacopina agreeing that he would not cross-examine Daniels in the case.
Tacopina stated, “Now both the court and the disciplinary committee have ruled that there was no conflict or ethical violation at all, as I have said from day one. It seems that Stormy Daniels and her joke of a lawyer’s 15 minutes of fame have come to an appropriate end.”
Tacopina has maintained that he never met or represented Daniels.
Daniels’ attorney, Clark Brewster, says otherwise, arguing that Daniels had contacted Tacopina’s firm for a consultation in the case.
After the ruling, Brewster stated, “I trust that the grievance committee gave the complaint diligent and careful consideration.
“In reporting the facts to the committee I simply felt obliged under the rules of Professional Conduct to disclose the facts implicating a rules violation and thereupon leave it to a well-constituted committee to render its judgment.”
Trump is facing 23 federal indictments in the case, as Manhattan DA Alvin Briggs used every line entry as a new charge, in what some have referred to as “stacking.”
Trump’s legal team has repeatedly tried to have this case tossed, a matter that will be decided during a February 15 hearing, at which point the trial could also have its scheduled start date delayed.
This case is currently slated to start on March 25, 2024, it being one of four cases where Trump is facing federal charges that could put him in jail for the remainder of his life.