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Trump Gets (a Smidgen of) Good Legal News for a Change

A group of activists brought a case in Minnesota claiming that Donald Trump is not eligible to run for president on account of the Fourteenth Amendment, which says that people who have participated in an insurrection against the United States may not serve in any federal or state office. The group was asking the Minnesota courts to keep Trump off the Republican primary ballot.

Yesterday, the Minnesota Supreme Court effectively punted, at least for now. It ruled that Trump is eligible to be on the primary ballot, but the group can try again if he is the Republican Party's general election nominee. During oral arguments, the justices were hesitant to remove Trump from the ballot. They seemed to favor the idea that the voters, not the courts, should determine if he gets to be president again. The case is likely to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. A similar case is underway in Colorado. (V)

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