Colorado Supreme Court to hear appeals in Trump ballot case

 November 25, 2023

Earlier this month, a Colorado judge dismissed an attempt to keep former President Donald Trump off of the state's ballot next year. 

However, that ruling came with language that didn't satisfy the people pushing to keep Trump off of the ballot or the former president.

According to NBC News, appeals from both sides were immediate, and earlier this week, the Colorado Supreme Court agreed to take up appeals in the case.

Many believe Trump has nothing to worry about, given that there's simply not enough clarity or legal standing for the state to take the unprecedented action of removing a leading presidential nominee from the ballot.

Appeals confirmed

An attempt to keep Trump from appearing on the ballot emerged last month after a group of Colorado voters, represented by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, filed a lawsuit in an attempt to make it happen.

The voters and legal group tried to argue that Trump is ineligible for running based on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, noting what they perceive as Trump taking part in an "insurrection" on Jan. 6, 2021.

The same legal move was made in Michigan and Minnesota, with their efforts falling flat.

While State Judge Sarah B. Wallace ruled last week that Trump would not be stricken from the ballot, she upset Trump's legal team by stating that Trump "engaged in insurrection," but noted that the constitutional clause didn't apply to the presidency.

As a result of her bizarre ruling, both sides filed appeals which will now be taken up by the state's high court.

Trump's legal team said in response, "The district judge rightly rejected the far-left’s efforts to keep President Trump off the ballot, but she then went out of her way to wrongly criticize the President. We’ve asked the Colorado Supreme Court to strike her wrong-headed speculation, because it goes far beyond her jurisdiction."

Anti-Trump group responds

The voters and legal group pushing for Trump's removal indicated that they were fine with the appeals going to the state's Supreme Court.

"We look forward to presenting arguments on the one legal question at issue — that an insurrectionist former president can and must be disqualified under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment," said Sean Grimsley, an attorney for the group of voters.

The Colorado Supreme Court set a Dec. 6 date for oral arguments for the appeals on both sides.

Legal experts believe the case will end up the same way as the attempts in Michigan and Minnesota ended -- in the trash.

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