The Supreme Court let stand a ban against the Cowboys


WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a New Mexico judge’s ruling barring a Donald Trump supporter − a former rodeo rider who started Cowboys for Trump − from local public office because of an anti-insurrectionist provision of the Constitution.
The decision came two weeks after the court said Colorado could not use that same provision to remove Trump from the presidential ballot because he’s a federal candidate.
Couy Griffin, a founder of Cowboys for Trump, is the only person who participated in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol to be removed from office using the 14th Amendment.
The challenge to Griffin had been a test run for Trump opponents who successfully argued to the Colorado Supreme Court last year that Trump is disqualified from the presidency by that same Civil War-era provision.
But Trump appealed the Colorado court’s ruling and the Supreme Court sided with him.
Both liberal and conservative justices voiced concern about allowing one state to decide the eligibility of a presidential candidate, but they disagreed about how exactly the amendment could be used to disqualify a federal candidate.
Prep for the polls: See who is running for president and compare where they stand on key issues in our Voter GuideIn Griffin’s case, the New Mexico Supreme Court rejected his appeal because he missed filing deadlines after the district court judge ruled against him.
Griffin’s challengers said that made him ineligible to seek review from the nation’s high court.
Griffin’s attorney said the state-level appeal was dismissed on a “procedural technicality” that shouldn’t prevent the U.S. Supreme Court from weighing in on such an important question of federal law.
Griffin, a former rodeo rider, was serving on the Otero County Commission when he participated in the Jan. 6, 2021, attempt by Trump’s supporters to disrupt Congress’ certification of President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory.
Griffin was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of illegally entering restricted areas of the U.S. Capitol grounds.
At his sentencing, District Judge Trevor McFadden said Griffin’s actions were in “grave tension” with the oath he took as elected official to uphold the Constitution.
“We need our elected officials to support this country and the peaceful transfer of power, not undermine it,” McFadden said.
Griffin, who was given a 14-day jail sentence, told the Supreme Court the events on Jan. 6 were not an insurrection and barring him from holding office is a violation of his First Amendment rights.
The challenge to Griffin was brought by three New Mexico residents with help from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the watchdog group behind the Colorado case against Trump.
Noah Bookbinder, the group’s president, said the court’s rejection of Griffin’s appeal ensures that states can still apply the 14th Amendment’s disqualification clause to state officials.
“Now it is up to the states to fulfill their duty under Section 3 to remove from office anyone who broke their oath by participating in the January 6th insurrection,” Bookbinder said.
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Washington, DC-On Monday, the Supreme Court upheld a New Mexico judge’s decision to prevent a supporter of Donald Trump, a former rodeo rider who founded Cowboys for Trump, from holding local public office on the grounds that the Constitution’s anti-insurrectionist clause applies.

The ruling was made two weeks after the court ruled that because Trump is a federal candidate, Colorado could not use the same provision to remove him from the presidential race.

The sole participant in the Jan. 24 event was Couy Griffin, the founder of Cowboys for Trump. the U.S. on June 6, 2021. s. Using the 14th Amendment, Capitol will be removed from office.

For Trump’s opponents, who successfully persuaded the Colorado Supreme Court last year that the same Civil War-era clause disqualifies Trump from the presidency, Griffin’s challenge served as a practice run.

The Colorado court’s decision was challenged by Trump, and the Supreme Court agreed with him. Though they disagreed on the specifics of how the amendment could be applied to disqualify a federal candidate, liberal and conservative justices expressed concern about letting one state determine a presidential candidate’s eligibility.

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Griffin’s appeal against the district court judge’s decision was denied by the New Mexico Supreme Court due to his failure to file the necessary paperwork by the deadline.

Griffin’s opponents claimed that this disqualified him from asking the country’s highest court for a review.

According to Griffin’s lawyer, the state-level appeal was turned down for a “procedural technicality,” which shouldn’t stop the U.S. s. from offering their opinion on a matter of such significance pertaining to federal law.

Griffin, a former professional rodeo rider, was a member of the Otero County Commission in January of this year. 6, 2021, in an effort to obstruct Congress’s accrediting of President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory. Griffin was found guilty of breaking into restricted areas of the United States illegally. S. Capitol premises.

Griffin’s actions were deemed to be in “grave tension” with his oath as an elected official to uphold the Constitution, according to District Judge Trevor McFadden, who sentenced him.

McFadden declared, “We need our elected officials to support this country and the peaceful transfer of power, not undermine it.”.

Griffin told the Supreme Court about what happened on January and was sentenced to 14 days in jail. 6 were not an uprising, and it would be against his First Amendment rights to prevent him from holding public office.

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which was involved in the Colorado case against Trump, assisted three New Mexico residents in putting out the challenge to Griffin.

The group’s president, Noah Bookbinder, stated that states are still able to apply the disqualification clause of the 14th Amendment to public officials because the court denied Griffin’s appeal.

“Now, it is up to the states to carry out their obligation under Section 3 to remove from office any individual who violated their oath of office by taking part in the insurrection on January 6th,” Bookbinder stated.

Extra: Former Trump aide Peter Navarro requests a stay of execution from the Supreme Court in January. six cases of contempt.

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