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SCOTUS mute on Trump ballot before primary

Left: Donald in Londonderry, N.H., Jan. 2024. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)/Center: The U.S. Supreme Court. Jan. 2024. (Francis Chung/POLITICO via AP)/Right: Trump supporters seize the Capitol building on Jan. 6, 2021. John Nacion/STAR MAX/IPx.

Early voting in Colorado has been well underway and Super Tuesday is only days away with presidential primaries opening in 16 states and Donald Trump as the front-runner and presumptive nominee for the Republican Party. Despite this, the U.S. Supreme Court is still silent on whether it will remove the former president from the ballot in Colorado or keep him on despite findings from two lower courts that he engaged in insurrection.

The high court heard arguments over three weeks ago, fielding questions on the balance between state and federal powers and with Chief Justice John Roberts — and several other justices — expressing skepticism over whether a national election could “come down to just a handful of states.”

It seems unlikely that the court will rule in favor of Colorado voters who argue Trump’s conduct leading up to and on the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol should disqualify him under Section III of the Fourteenth Amendment. The statute states that no person having previously taken an oath as an “officer of the United States” and is found to have engaged in insurrection is qualified to hold office.

As a decision that could drastically shape the rest of the 2024 election season lurks just out of sight, the legal drama was otherwise unabated in Trump’s world for yet another week.

Law&Crime takes a look at those developments and others in Trump’s cases in Florida, Georgia, Washington, D.C., and New York.


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