Stanley Brand Quoted on Gianforte’s Alleged Reporter Assault

For its article “Amid Alleged Assault on Reporter, Public Opinion Favors the Press,” Morning Consult quoted Akin Gump litigation senior counsel Stanley Brand on the physical assault by Greg Gianforte, Republican candidate for Montana’s at-large seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, on a reporter.

On the question of any future sanctions by the House Ethics Committee on Gianforte, Brand, who previously served as general counsel to the House, said, “Generally the House has doubted its authority to discipline conduct occurring prior to becoming a member, especially where the electorate ‘condones’ the conduct by voting in someone whose conduct they were fully aware of at [the] time of election.”