US Supreme Court Delivers HUGE Ruling — HERE WE GO!

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A former state politician from New Mexico who was barred from public office due to his involvement in the disturbance at the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, 2021, lost his appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Former Otero County commissioner Couy Griffin was well-known for using multiple equestrian caravans to support former President Donald Trump. But according to the Associated Press, he is currently the sole elected politician prohibited from holding office by the 14th Amendment’s “insurrection” clause.

Griffin was the first person ousted from office under a 14th Amendment clause in over a century when he was placed on trial in a state district court in 2022. After the Civil War, this clause was drafted to exclude former Confederates from serving in the government.

The AP story pointed out that the Supreme Court reaffirmed that different criteria apply to state and local candidates, notwithstanding its recent finding that states cannot bar Trump or other federal office candidates from appearing on the ballot.

“We conclude that states may disqualify persons holding or attempting to hold state office,” the justices wrote in an opinion that was not signed.

The AP noted further: “Griffin, a Republican, was convicted in federal court of entering a restricted area on the Capitol grounds on Jan. 6 and received a 14-day prison sentence. He served time following his arrest in Washington after returning there to protest Biden’s inauguration in 2021, which reduced the sentence. That conviction is under appeal. Griffin contends that he entered the Capitol grounds on Jan. 6 without recognizing that it had been designated as a restricted area and that he attempted to lead a crowd in prayer using a bullhorn, without engaging in violence.”

The Colorado Supreme Court’s decision to exclude Trump from the 2024 presidential election was overturned by the top court’s judgment. Additionally, despite the fact that Trump has never been accused of the crime or found guilty of it, this ruling put an end to attempts in a number of other states to remove him from office on the “insurrection” clause.

Additionally this week, hundreds of federal inmates seeking reduced sentences were affected by the high court’s decision to decide against a convicted drug dealer.

Judges decided that Mark Pulsifer, who acknowledged distributing methamphetamines in 2020, did not meet the requirements of the First Step Act, a significant sentencing reform measure, in an uncommon ideological split of 6-3, according to NBC News.

Whether Pulsifer should be eligible for a “safety valve” provision or an obligatory 15-year sentence was the matter at hand. According to the site, the clause specifies circumstances in which low-level, nonviolent drug offenders may receive a lighter sentence.

In a ruling written by liberal Justice Elena Kagan, the court determined that Pulsifer did not meet the necessary requirements. Five of the six conservative judges on the court voted in favor of her.

A number of recommendations for imposing sentences less than the mandatory minimums are outlined in the paragraph. The court rejected Pulsifer’s contention that only satisfying a portion of the requirements would be sufficient to grant relief, concluding that he must comply with all of them. As per the source, the court’s interpretation of the term “and” had a role in the ruling.

According to Kagan, Congress “did not extend safety-valve relief to all defendants, but only to some.” Neil Gorsuch, the conservative justice, joined the two liberal justices still sitting in disapproval: Sonia Sotomayor and Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Gorsuch argued that the high court significantly curtailed the First Step Act’s purpose.

“Adopting the government’s preferred interpretation guarantees that thousands more people in the federal justice system will be denied a chance — just a chance — at an individualized sentence. For them, the First Step Act offers no hope.”

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