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Michigan group appeals Trump 14th Amendment case to state Supreme Court

Trump has faced similar challenges in Colorado and in Minnesota.

Published: November 17, 2023 4:11pm

A Michigan activist group has filed a request with the state Supreme Court to intervene in an ongoing effort to disqualify former President Donald Trump from appearing on the Republican primary ballot in the Wolverine State.

The case is one of many nationwide arguing that Trump ought not be eligible to hold public office due to his incitement of an "insurrection" on Jan. 6, 2021. The lower court dismissed the 14th Amendment challenges against Trump earlier this week, prompting Free Speech for People to ask the state Supreme Court to step in.

The group requested that the case skip the Appeals Court and that the top bench issue a decision by Dec. 1 in light of the need to finalize ballot text in time for the primary, which is scheduled to begin in late February of next year.

"It is a virtual certainty that any decision by the Court of Appeals will be appealed to this court by the party that does not prevail," the group wrote in a Thursday evening filing reviewed by the Associated Press. "But with the pressing need to finalize and print the ballots for the presidential primary election, there is not time for considered decisions from both the Court of Appeals and this court. Time is therefore of the essence in this election case."

Trump has faced similar challenges in Colorado, where the court has yet to issue a ruling, and in Minnesota, where that state's Supreme Court sided with him.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter.

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