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U.S. Supreme Court allows Trump’s name to remain on Colorado ballot

The U.S. Supreme Court justices unanimously ruled on Monday (March 4) that Donald Trump’s name will remain on Colorado’s 2024 ballot, allowing the leading Republican presidential candidate to remain on the ballot. The key victory came a day before Colorado and 14 other states began voting in Super Tuesday party primaries.

The ruling overturned a Colorado Supreme Court decision. That ruling found Trump ineligible to be on the state ballot because of his role in inciting the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, which some Trump critics claimed violated the U.S. Constitution’s ban on insurrectionists from serving. Terms of Public Office.

Hundreds of people tried to stop Congress from certifying his 2020 re-election defeat to Democrat Joe Biden after Trump told his supporters at a rally near the White House to “fight like hell.” The Capitol rampage ransacked some congressional offices and led to physical confrontations with police.

However, nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court said in an unsigned, 13-page opinion that the Constitution does not allow a single state to disqualify a presidential candidate from national office.

The Supreme Court said only Congress, and not any of the 50 states, had such power. The Supreme Court warned of the potential for confusion if candidates for national office were declared ineligible to run in some states but not others for the same conduct.

“Nothing in the Constitution requires us to endure such chaos—at any time or other before or even after the inauguration of a new president,” the Supreme Court said. The next US presidential inauguration is scheduled to be held on January 20, 2025.

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“A huge victory for America!!!” Trump wrote on social media.

While the Supreme Court agreed that Trump could not be unilaterally removed from the ballot, the justices were divided over how broadly that ruling should apply. Five of the nine-justice majority said no state could remove a federal candidate from any ballot, but four said the court should limit the scope of its opinion.

Three liberal justices—Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Ketanji Brown Jackson—said the five justices’ majority opinion blocked “other potential means” for the federal government to enforce the 14th Amendment’s provisions against insurrectionists.

Conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, writing a separate concurring opinion, said the case “does not require us to address the complex question of whether federal legislation is the only means of enforcing the provisions of the Constitution.”

Monday’s ruling is the first of at least three election-related cases the Supreme Court is deciding that is directly related to Trump’s political and legal fate in 2024, which is likely to come in November. faced off against Biden again in the general election.

Trump is facing an unprecedented four criminal cases involving 91 charges. In one of the cases, in Washington, he was accused of illegally conspiring to overturn the outcome of the 2020 election defeat.

Trump has argued that he has immunity in the case and should be immune from prosecution because he says the actions he took to overturn the election results were part of his presidential duties before leaving office in late 2020 and early 2021.

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A three-judge federal appeals court panel unanimously ruled that since he is not currently in office, he is not immune from prosecution. He appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court, which has scheduled arguments on the case for late April. In the meantime, proceedings in the case have been put on hold.

The trial in the case, originally scheduled to begin on Monday, has been postponed indefinitely.

After Monday’s ruling in his favor, Trump asked the high court to rule in his favor on the immunity issue as well.

“The president must be granted full immunity,” he told reporters. “They must be allowed to do their jobs. If they were not allowed to do their jobs, that’s not what the founding fathers wanted, and perhaps more importantly, it would be terrible for our country.”

Another case, in which the Supreme Court agreed to review the validity of a law used to prosecute hundreds of people involved in the Jan. 6 riots three years ago, is part of an election case filed against Trump in Washington. A key element of the book.

Trump is the first former U.S. president to face criminal charges. His first trial is scheduled to begin in three weeks in a New York state court, where he faces charges in a separate election interference case.

He is accused of trying to conceal a $130,000 hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels before his successful 2016 campaign to stop her from talking about a one-night tryst with Trump a decade ago.

He denies the incident and all 91 charges he faces.

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