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 January 30, 2024

Supreme Court break interrupted by Trump ballot case

An extraordinary disagreement over the ability to exclude former President Donald Trump has caused the nation's high court to assemble out of schedule.

The former president's appeal about appear on the state's primary ballots has prompted the Supreme Court to gather on an off day in order to deliberate, as The Washington Examiner reported.

In the middle of February, the nine justices often take a vacation from hearing oral arguments. The high court session begins in early October and ends in June.

But this is no ordinary term for the Supreme Court; they're already set to decide the huge constitutional question of whether or not Trump can appear on primary ballots across the country.

It was always expected that Trump would make an appearance before the Supreme Court, given that he was indicted on two federal and two state counts.

The supreme court of Colorado disqualified Trump from casting a ballot in the state's primary election on December 19th, citing his involvement in the riot that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.

That court's ruling overturned a lower court's decision that the "insurrection" clause of the 14th Amendment did not apply to the presidency, thereby ending the immediate need for the justices to intervene in Trump's never-ending legal drama.

Shortly after, Maine's secretary of state, Shenna Bellows, ruled that Trump would not be eligible to appear on the primary ballot in her state due to Section 3, which specifies that "no person shall be" elected if they "have engaged in insurrection or rebellion."

In early January, Trump submitted an emergency petition challenging the Colorado ruling. On January 5, the Supreme Court decided to consider the issue on Thursday, Feb. 8,

This is unusual because oral arguments typically take place on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, offering justices time to deliberate and leave room for emergency hearings.

According to Jonathan Entin, a legal professor at Case Western Reserve University, the Colorado dispute is "very fast-tracked."

He further stated that "typically once the court decides they're going to hear a case, we're talking about several months before the case is going to be argued."

The case, Trump v. Anderson, seems to be moving at an unusually rapid pace. The initial documents for Trump's legal team were submitted to the high court on January 18, while the briefs for the six voters who sued to remove him from the ballot were filed on January 26, by contrast.

Many other litigants, including those in Washington backed by the left-leaning Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, have sought to remove Trump from state primary ballots, making the Anderson case significant because it will most likely determine whether Trump can remain on the ballot in all fifty states.

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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