(Part-1) Trump petitions US Supreme Court to overturn Colorado's Jan. 6 attack ballot ban.

On Wednesday, former President Donald Trump asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling excluding him off the Colorado ballot, setting up a high-stakes dispute over whether a constitutional ban on “engaged in insurrection” might end his political

Trump appealed a December 4-3 Colorado Supreme Court ruling that banned a presidential contender under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment for the first time. Trump was disqualified for the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack, the court said. It has rarely been used in American history, thus the Supreme Court has never decided on it.

Trump's legal team contested Maine's Democratic Secretary of State, Shenna Bellows,' ruling that Trump was unfit to run on the ballot for his Capitol attack involvement a day earlier. Colorado Supreme Court and Maine secretary of state decisions are appealed.

Numerous states have received hundreds of lawsuits from Trump opponents to disqualify him. He lost Colorado by 13% in 2020 and does not need to win to win the Republican nomination or presidency. However, the Colorado ruling may force courts or secretaries to remove him on other must-win states' ballots.

All failed until last month, when Colorado's seven Democratic governor-appointed justices narrowly sided against Trump. Critics called it an overreach and argued the court could not declare the Jan. 6 attack a “insurrection” without a trial.

Trump's lawyers argued in their Supreme Court appeal that Maine has already followed Colorado's lead and that the Colorado Supreme Court decision would unconstitutionally disenfranchise millions of Colorado voters and likely tens of millions nationwide.

Trump appealed to the Supreme Court like Colorado Republicans. Legal experts anticipate the high court to hear the case because it raises core constitutional issues that influence national government.

All parties want the court to move fast. Trump's lawyers asked the court to overturn the verdict without oral arguments on Wednesday. The Colorado plaintiffs' lawyers seek oral arguments and a verdict next month. Colorado's primary is March 5.

On the legal podcast “Law, disrupted” late last month, Colorado plaintiffs' attorney Sean Grimsley said he hopes the Supreme Court rules quickly, as he expects it to.“We have a primary on Super Tuesday and we need to know the answer,” Grimsley said.

A district court judge declared Jan. 6 a “insurrection” incited by Trump, which the Colorado high court upheld. It agreed with six Republican and unaffiliated Colorado voters and a Washington-based liberal group that Trump clearly violated the rule. Because of that, the court declared him ineligible as if he had not met the Constitution's 35-year presidential age limit.

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