SCOTUS denies Jack Smith's request for expedited ruling in Trump immunity question

 December 24, 2023

Earlier this month, Special Counsel Jack Smith petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to expedite a ruling regarding whether or not former President Donald Trump has immunity in his cases. 

Smith wanted the expedited decision to keep trial dates on track.

According to Fox News, Smith and his prosecutorial team took a major loss this week after the high court declined to make an expedited ruling on the matter, keeping the case in limbo to some degree.

The decision comes as a massive victory for Trump's legal team, as they had responded to Smith's request by urging the court not to rush the case.

Don't rush it

Trump's lawyers made it clear that such a decision -- especially given the unprecedented nature of the case -- is historic in nature and should not be pushed through simply to keep Smith's case alive.

"This appeal presents momentous, historic questions," Trump's lawyers wrote.

They added, "An erroneous denial of a claim of presidential immunity from criminal prosecution unquestionably warrants this Court’s review. The Special Counsel contends that ‘[i]t is of imperative public importance that respondent’s claims of immunity be resolved by this Court.'"

The immunity question is currently being considered in a lower court, and Trump's lawyers suggested the high court allow the lower courts to make a ruling first.

"That does not entail, however, that the Court should take the case before the lower courts complete their review. Every jurisdictional and prudential consideration calls for this Court to allow the appeal to proceed first in the D.C. Court," Trump's attorneys wrote.

Social media reacts

Trump supporters largely celebrated the news across social media, with many torching Smith for attempting to rush the case for his own benefit and skirt the rule of law.

"A unanimous denial is the most embarrassing thing Jack Smith could have ruled in his witch hunt against Trump," one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "That's the last line of defense we have in our justice system that is not yet corrupted. Once it goes, then we have nothing. Too bad, so sad for little Jacky Smith."

Only time will tell how the Supreme Court ultimately rules on the matter. Smith's case against Trump could be on its way to the trash.


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