Trump Causes Major Issue For Supreme Court

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( – A new report from Newsweek included an analysis from many experts on how former President Donald Trump’s 2024 presidential candidacy has left the Supreme Court in a tough spot. While thus far the Supreme Court has not taken a position on whether Trump should be disqualified from the presidential race because of the 14th Amendment’s disqualification clause, next week during the judicial conference they will be called to deal with a case on this matter.

The lawsuit was filed by John Castro, a long-shot Republican presidential candidate who is arguing that Trump’s candidacy which went against the U.S. Constitution was causing him “political competitive injury” due to the diminution of votes. Section 3 of the 14th Amendment specifically notes that anyone who has been “engaged in insurrection or rebellion” against the country is not permitted to serve in public office again. Castro has claimed that Trump’s involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack means that he should be disqualified from running for office again under this clause.

Neama Rahmani, the West Coast Trial Lawyer president and former federal prosecutor, has stated that this case could be one of the toughest that the Supreme Court has had to face to date. Rahmani pointed out that many of the cases against Trump are unprecedented, but this one in particular is challenging as the legal precedent mainly dates back to the Civil War.

Fairleigh Dickinson University politics professor Bruce Peabody similarly noted that the Justices are likely to need to deal with Trump’s candidacy under the statute eventually but that they would not be doing so in this case. He further argued that the Justices usually intervened only in cases of legal uncertainty and that this was not the case regarding Trump’s eligibility.

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