The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that Donald Trump is ineligible to be on the 2024 ballot.

The majority of the court determined that the evidence clearly demonstrated that Trump was unable to take office due to his involvement in rebellion; however, the dissenting judges strongly criticised the procedural irregularities of the case.

The Colorado Supreme Court issued an extraordinary ruling on Tuesday, mandating the removal of Donald Trump from the 2024 presidential ballot. The court determined that he is constitutionally disqualified from holding any future public office.

The Trump team has expressed its intention to challenge the ruling by filing an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Dec. 19 ruling, which was not signed, was the initial instance in which a state supreme court directly confronted the substantial contentions about Trump’s, or any presidential candidate’s, qualification, considering the accusations that Trump participated in an uprising on January 6, 2021.

We arrive at these conclusions with careful consideration.” We are cognizant of the significance and gravity of the questions currently facing us. The judgement from the four-justice majority states that we are also aware of our serious responsibility to enforce the law impartially, without being influenced by popular opinion or bias.

The majority unequivocally determined that there was enough evidence to classify the violent mob assault on January 6th as an insurrection. Furthermore, they established a direct connection between Trump’s attempts to impede the certification of President Joe Biden’s win and the occurrence of the uprising.

Three justices—Chief Justice Brian D. Boatright, Justices Carlos A. Samour Jr., and Maria E. Berkenkotter—expressed the dissenting opinion. Each individual objected to the methods of the eligibility challenge and did not contest the substantial conclusions on whether Trump’s acts constituted insurrectionist, disqualified behaviour.

The court suspended its verdict in order to allow an anticipated appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The initial determination about the substantive aspects

The legal dispute about Trump’s eligibility has rapidly progressed through the judicial system since it was initially submitted in September. There is a pressing deadline of January 5, 2024, by which Secretary of State Jena Griswold must officially approve the candidates for the next primary election in the following year. The petitioners, consisting of four Republican and two unaffiliated voters, said that President Trump is ineligible for another term in office based on Section 3 of the 14th Amendment, which was enacted during the Civil War.

Section 3 of the law prohibits senators, U.S. representatives, and “an officer of the United States,” among others, from being eligible for future federal or state positions if they have sworn to uphold the Constitution and later participated in an act of rebellion or insurrection. Other courts have superficially examined the topic, ultimately rejecting the claims without delving into the merits. Denver District Court Judge Sarah B. Wallace delivered a comprehensive decision, stating that Trump incited his followers to attack the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, which she deemed an act of insurrection. She also clarified that Colorado courts had the power to determine presidential eligibility.

In the end, she chose not to order Trump’s disqualification from the ballot. Following a five-day hearing that included a substantial amount of historical material, Wallace remained sceptical that the authors of Section 3 had the intention for it to be applicable to the president.

Both the petitioners and Trump lodged appeals with the Colorado Supreme Court. Griswold, the Democratic secretary of state, refrained from officially expressing a stance on Trump’s ongoing eligibility.

By asserting that this individual’s behaviour does not meet the standards set by the Constitution, we inadvertently grant Trump and other individuals the authority to employ further acts of political violence in their assault on our democratic system,” said Eric Olson, legal counsel for the individuals filing the petition.

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