(ReclaimingAmerica.net) – In a legally questionable decision, a Colorado judge overseeing the first major lawsuit aimed at keeping Donald Trump off the 2024 presidential ballot issued an order banning “threats and intimidation” in the case.
The lawsuit filed in Colorado by “Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington,” a leftist group, seeks to disqualify the former president from the 2024 election based on Civil War-era legislation.
CREW claims that Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, which bans former officials from taking office after rebelling against the US government, applies to Trump because the January 6, 2021, events at the US Capitol constituted “insurrection.”
At the end of last week, Colorado 2nd District Judge Sarah Wallace issued a “protective order” against threats and intimidation to ensure the safety of those involved in the case, herself included.
“I 100% understand everybody’s concerns for the parties, the lawyers, and frankly myself and my staff based on what we’ve seen in other cases,” Wallace said, as cited by AP.
She agreed to the protective order, which the CREW lawyers had requested.
The motion was opposed by former Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, representing former President Trump in the case.
He argued that the order was needless since threats and intimidation were already banned by law.
“We do have robust political debate going on here. For better or worse, this case has become a focal point,” Gessler said.
The report notes that dozens of lawsuits aimed at banning Trump from the 2024 election under the Fourteenth Amendment have already been filed nationwide. However, the Colorado lawsuit was the first one initiated by a “group with significant legal resources.”
According to The Associated Press, the attempt to disqualify Trump from the next presidential ballot will most likely end up at the US Supreme Court.
Judge Wallace scheduled the next hearing in the case for October 30.
She declared she would like to allow the Colorado Supreme Court, and potentially the US Supreme Court, as long as possible before her state’s deadline for setting its 2024 presidential primary ballot. The deadline is January 5, 2024.
Another Fourteenth Amendment case against Trump initiated by “another well-financed liberal group” is set to be heard by the Minnesota Supreme Court on November 2.