Weeks after Maine’s Secretary of State moved to take Trump off Maine’s 2024 presidential ballot, Maine’s Supreme Court has decided to keep Trump on the ballot.
Maine’s Superior Court ruled to “stay the secretary of state’s ruling, pending the decision by the Supreme Court.”
In case you are unfamiliar with the word “stay” used in legal terms, it’s “a ruling by a court to stop or suspend a proceeding or trial temporarily or indefinitely.
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BREAKING: Maine Supreme Court decides to KEEP President Trump on the Ballot!
Looking like Colorado is out on an island and about to get the US SCOTUS beat down soon! My prediction.
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Here’s what Fox News added:
The Maine Superior Court issued a stay of the secretary of state’s decision to remove former President Donald Trump from the state’s Republican primary ballot pending a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court.
Trump appealed Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows’ ruling earlier this month, but the court on Wednesday said it will not consider the matter until the high court issues its own decision in a related case out of Colorado, saying it would be “imprudent” for the court to rule on it before then.
The court denied Trump’s motion to “supplement the record” and denied his motion to “stay proceedings,” but also “stays the secretary of state’s ruling, pending the decision by the Supreme Court.”
The court remanded the matter to the secretary “for further proceedings as necessary in light of the United States Supreme Court’s forthcoming decision in Trump v. Anderson.”
“As part of this remand, the secretary is ordered to await the Supreme Court’s decision in Anderson, and no later than thirty days after Anderson’s issuance, to issue a new Ruling modifying, withdrawing, or confirming her prior Ruling dated December 28, 2023,” the court ruled.
A ruling from the Colorado Supreme Court in December removed Trump from the ballot there under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment. Colorado is a Democratic-leaning state that is not expected to be competitive for Republicans in November.
Maine’s Superior Court just ruled to keep President Trump’s name on the ballot, pending a decision from SCOTUS in the Colorado case pic.twitter.com/8Dna78RSdK
— Julia 🇺🇸 (@Jules31415) January 18, 2024
The Maine Superior Court on Wednesday cleared the way for former President Donald Trump to appear on the state’s Republican presidential primary ballot for now, sending a dispute over his eligibility for a second term back to the secretary of state for further proceedings once the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling in a similar case from Colorado.
In a 17-page order, Justice Michaela Murphy, who sits on the superior court in Augusta, said that a December decision from Secretary of State Shella Bellows, a Democrat, should remain on hold until the Supreme Court renders its decision in the Colorado dispute.
Noting that Maine’s primary is scheduled for March 5, Murphy wrote that “unless the Supreme Court before that date finds President Trump disqualified to hold the office of president, eligible Maine voters who wish to cast their vote for him in the primary will be able to do so, with the winner being determined by ranked-choice voting.”