Colorado Supreme Court bars Donald Trump from state ballot – Times of India

Colorado Supreme Court bars Donald Trump from state ballot - Times of India

In a landmark decision, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled that former Pres Donald Trump Ineligible to appear on the state ballot for the next presidential election. The decision, stemming from Trump’s involvement in a capital attack on January 6, 2021, is a first in US history.
Constitutional Grounds:The court’s 4-3 decision is based on a rarely invoked provision of the US Constitution, which prohibits officials from holding office who have participated in “rebellion or rebellion.” His role in inciting violence against the US government.
Court Statement: “We do not reach these conclusions lightly,” the majority justices said, emphasizing the gravity and unprecedented nature of their decision. He acknowledged the uncharted territory he had ventured into in this matter.
“A majority of the Court holds that President Trump is disqualified from the office of President under Section Three of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution,” the court wrote.
“Since he has been disqualified, it would be an improper practice under the Colorado Secretary of State’s election code to list him as a candidate on the presidential primary ballot.”
Temporary stay: The decision is on hold until January 4, 2024, allowing time for appeals.
The Trump campaign’s response: Trump’s campaign announced plans to appeal the decision to the US Supreme Court, calling it “wrong” and “undemocratic”.
Disagreement: Justice Carlos Smore argued in dissent that the trial was an unfair means of judging Trump’s eligibility, a lack of due process and a jury conviction for sedition.
Effects on elections: The decision currently affects Colorado’s March 5 Republican primary, potentially affecting Trump’s standing in the Nov. 5 general election. Colorado is generally seen as a Democratic stronghold.
Role of Advocacy Groups: The lawsuit, initiated by Colorado voters and supported by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) in Washington, on Jan. 6 calls for Trump to be disqualified for his actions.
Legal challenges across the country: The decision is part of a broader movement using the 14th Amendment to challenge Trump’s candidacy. Other states have seen similar cases with varying results.
Reversal of lower court: The state Supreme Court overturned the lower court’s ruling, which had recognized Trump’s role in the coup but questioned the applicability of the impeachment clause to the presidency.
Supreme Court Proceedings: The decision is expected to go all the way to the US Supreme Court, where Trump’s lawyers will challenge his disqualification.
The Republican response: RNC Chairwoman Rona McDaniel criticized the decision as election interference, pledging legal support for Trump.
Broader Implications: Legal experts believe the decision could inspire similar measures in other states, posing a significant threat to Trump’s candidacy.
Different Legal Opinions: The Colorado decision contrasts with decisions in Minnesota and Michigan, where courts have taken different positions on similar challenges.
Political Background: The lawsuits, backed by liberal donors and groups, are seen by Trump and his allies as a politically motivated campaign to derail his presidential bid. Trump’s defense has called the Colorado Supreme Court’s decision un-American and an attack on his candidacy.
(with input from agencies)

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