Trump has an excellent record in winning court cases on appeal. He racked up another win today.
On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case brought forward by John Anthony Castro, a government official in Texas and little-known 2024 presidential candidate.
Castro was unofficially representing several states in trying to keep Trump off the 2024 ballot. Supporters of the effort to bar Trump from the ballot attempted to use an unusual interpretation of section 3 of the 14th Amendment.
The court filing can be viewed HERE.
The Amendment bars those “engaged in insurrection” from holding office.
The filing added: “Castro will further suffer irreparable competitive injuries if Trump, who is constitutionally ineligible to hold office, is able to attempt to secure votes in primary elections and raise funds. Trump’s constitutionally unauthorized undertaking will put Castro at both a voter and donor disadvantage.”
The U.S. Supreme Court disagreed with Castro’s assertions and declined to hear the case.
After the ruling, Castro told the Daily Caller he will continue “pursuing decisions” in the lower courts.”
“I’m still pursuing decisions in the liberal appellate courts and there’s a full-blown trial scheduled for October 20 in New Hampshire,” he told the Caller. “Another bench trial on the merits in Arizona is scheduled for October 31.”
Today’s ruling throws cold water on similar lawsuits simmering in the background. The Caller noted two pending lawsuits have been filed by the “left-wing group Free Speech For People in Minnesota and Michigan, and one by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) in Colorado.”
The Heritage Foundation has sided with Trump on this issue. Spokesman Hans von Spakovsky told the Caller: “If a Secretary of State disqualifies Trump from the ballot, then Trump and his campaign will have standing to sue and if the lower courts rule against Trump, then the case will most certainly end up in the Supreme Court on an appeal.”
Spakovsky added: For a number of constitutional and procedural reasons, the Court is almost certain to rule in Trump’s favor.”
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