A Landmark Case: Denver Courtroom to Hear Challenge to Trump’s Constitutional Eligibility
Opening Arguments Begin in Denver Courtroom
A Denver courtroom is set to witness the commencement of opening arguments in a groundbreaking legal challenge that questions the constitutional eligibility of former President Donald Trump to run for office again. This landmark case is expected to make its way to the U.S. Supreme Court in due course.
Colorado Lawsuit Alleges Violation of the 14th Amendment
A lawsuit was recently filed by watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington on behalf of six Colorado voters. They argue that Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election render him ineligible to appear on Colorado’s presidential ballot, citing Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which prohibits individuals who engaged in insurrection or rebellion from holding office in the United States.
Defendants and Participating Parties
The lawsuit names both Trump and Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold as defendants. The Colorado Republican Party has been granted intervenor status and will also be actively involved in the trial due to its authority in determining ballot access for candidates as per state law.
Insurrection Allegations and Previous Cases
The lawsuit asserts that Trump’s actions on January 6, 2021, led to a violent insurrection at the United States Capitol. Similar cases have been filed in other states such as Florida, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, although the Colorado case is the first to be filed by CREW and the first to proceed to trial. CREW has previously succeeded in utilizing the 14th Amendment to remove Couy Griffin, a county commissioner in New Mexico, from office.
Trump’s Response and Criminal Charges
In response to the lawsuit, Trump’s attorneys have filed motions to dismiss, presenting various arguments. They deny the insurrection allegations and contend that Trump’s actions were within the realm of political controversy rather than an attempt to overthrow the government. Trump himself has faced criminal charges related to his attempts to overturn the 2020 election.
Gorsuch Ruling and Denver District Court
The case has been assigned to Judge Sarah Wallace of the Denver District Court, who was appointed by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis. Judge Wallace has rejected multiple motions to dismiss the case on procedural grounds, including arguments regarding nonjusticiable political questions and federal law preemption. The trial will address the question of whether Trump engaged in an insurrection.
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