Supreme Court Chief Hudson asks if court should disqualify Trump - even if it can


November 3, 2023

Glen Stubbe, Star Tribune

Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Natalie Hudson questioned Ronald Fein, attorney for the petitioner, Free Speech for People, on Thursday in St. Paul.

Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Natalie Hudson posed a basic question Thursday at the outset of oral arguments on a petition seeking to use the U.S. Constitution's insurrection clause to disqualify former President Donald Trump from the 2024 ballot.

If the court's justices agree that they have the ability to bar Trump, " 'Should we' is the question that concerns me most," the chief said. She raised the prospect of chaos if 50 state courts decide differently on Trump's eligibility. "So, should we do it?" she asked.

The question went to Ronald Fein, lawyer for a bipartisan coalition including the national nonprofit Free Speech for People, former Secretary of State Joan Growe and former Supreme Court Justice Paul H. Anderson.


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