Law Professor Blast Colorado Secretary Of State Over ‘Silly Argument’

Daily Report February 05,2024

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley blasted Colorado Secretary Of State Jena Griswold over her silly argument in a brief to the Supreme Court, demanding it uphold Colorado’s ballot ban on former President Donald Trump.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in December that Trump violated the 14th Amendment’s “insurrectionist ban” and is ineligible to be on the ballot in the state. The ruling was, however, placed on hold pending an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Griswold, in a brief filed at the U.S. Supreme Court, argued that the state should not be forced to include Trump on its ballot.

“Just as Colorado an not be forced to place on its presidential primary ballot a naturalized citizen, a minor, or someone twice elected to the presidency, it also should not be forced to include a candidate found by its courts to have violated his oaths to support the Constitution by engaging in insurrection,” Griswold’s filing reads.

Turley —in an interview with Fox News Sunday host Shannon Bream— hit back at Griswold’s filing, adding that it was a silly argument to make

“I think it’s a silly argument. There’s a big difference between an age requirement and this,” Turley said. “First of all, it depends on your ruling on a series of questions in order to even get Trump disqualified. It’s got to apply to a president, which has been contested; it has to be self-executed, allowing the state to act unilaterally; and then finally, this has to be an insurrection. I think that they lose that, those are very tough questions.”

The law professor added that Chief Justice John Roberts would be looking for a large majority when the Supreme Court finally rules on the case.

“I think the court is unlikely on the first question to rule on that,” Turley added. “It’s more likely to look at this ‘self-executing’ question. Because remember, Chief Justice Roberts feels the burden of being chief justice, he’s going to want to eke out as large a majority, if not unanimity, on this question. The second question probably offers the best chance for that.”

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