According to the New York Times, Judge Sarah B. Wallace of Denver recently made a ruling regarding President Trump’s eligibility for office. The judge concluded that Trump did not violate the 14th Amendment and therefore was not ineligible for the position. The suit against the Colorado secretary of state and Trump was brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, acting on behalf of a group of six Colorado voters. The individuals in question are anticipated to lodge an appeal.
During the proceedings of the case, individuals who had previously served in the Trump administration, including Kash Patel, provided testimony regarding the events leading up to and the occurrences during the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. Indiana University Law Professor Gerard Magliocca was among the witnesses who provided testimony during the trial. He was called upon by the prosecution to serve as an expert witness and offer insights on the “insurrection” clause of the 14th Amendment. In relation to President Trump’s alleged encouragement of violence, Professor Peter Simi, a renowned Sociology Professor at Chapman University, provided additional insights.
In a previous development, the team representing Trump made a request to Wallace for a directed verdict, with the intention of bringing the trial to a premature conclusion. However, Wallace declined this request.
The recent ruling marks another victory for the former president regarding his eligibility to hold public office, adding to a series of favorable outcomes on this issue. In recent events, the Minnesota Supreme Court and a Michigan court have both made decisions regarding attempts to prevent former President Trump from appearing on the Republican primary ballot. The Minnesota Supreme Court rejected a similar effort, while the Michigan court also rejected a similar attempt. The activist group Free Speech for People has recently requested the intervention of the highest court in the state of Michigan, commonly referred to as the Wolverine State.