Supreme Court Rules Trump can Remain on Ballot in Colorado Case

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The Supreme Court has now ruled that former President Donald Trump may remain on the ballot in Colorado after democrats in the state attempted to remove him.

The Supreme Court has reinstated Donald Trump’s name on Colorado’s ballot, stating that states do not have the power to disqualify presidential candidates for participating in insurrection against the U.S.

The main point of the majority per curium opinion is that Congress must first pass legislation to establish how Section 3 can disqualify individuals from federal office and the standards that apply.

The ruling has effectively concluded a string of ballot challenges that contended Trump is not qualified for a second term due to a constitutional provision that prohibits former officials involved in insurrection or rebellion from seeking office again.

An effort to disqualify Trump, supported by a variety of legal scholars and Trump critics, hinged on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.

This amendment, ratified post-Civil War, incorporated key Union goals into the Constitution. One of the measures included preventing unfaithful officials from regaining their positions.

In 1872, Congress provided a reprieve to the majority of ex-Confederates, which resulted in a lack of clear guidelines on how the restriction should be enforced.

Trump faces numerous federal and state felony charges related to his actions following the 2020 election, but has not been formally accused of the federal crime of insurrection, which could result in a 10-year sentence and a ban on holding federal office.


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