DETROIT (Michigan News Source) – The Associated Press reports that attorneys for Michigan liberal activists from Free Speech for People have asked the state Supreme Court to hear an appeal of a lower court’s ruling regarding former President Donald Trump’s eligibility to be on the state’s presidential primary and general ballot. The Michigan Supreme Court has been asked to render a decision by December 1st.
The attorneys filed documents late Thursday, seeking an “immediate and expedited consideration” for appeal and an “emergency application” to bypass the state Appeals Court.
The filing reads, “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…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.”
Plaintiffs Robert LaBrant, Andrew Bradway, Norah Murphy and William Nowling had sought to remove Trump from both the primary and general elections ballots by suing Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and lost, with Court of Claims Judge James Redford rejecting their arguments that Trump’s role in the January 6th riot in Washington D.C. precluded him from being on the Michigan primary ballot due to a section of the U.S. Constitution’s 14th Amendment that prohibits a person from running for federal office if they have engaged in an insurrection. No decision in the judge’s opinion was made on the issue of Trump appearing on the general election ballot.
Redford had said in his ruling that he cannot remove the former president from the list of qualified candidates on the primary ballot as Trump followed state law in qualifying for the primary ballot. Additionally, he said that the secretary of state doesn’t have the authority to do so either. The judge said that it is Congress’ place to decide the argument, saying the matter was a political issue that shouldn’t be decided by the judicial branch.
Michigan isn’t the only state with anti-Trump activists trying to keep him off the ballot. There have been more than 30 cases filed across the country to remove Trump from election ballots, with over a dozen cases still pending.
Most of the cases have been filed by individual citizens. However, the one in Michigan and the one in Colorado were initiated by liberal groups who have the money and resources to better fight the battle.
Trump campaign spokesperson Steven Cheung says about the push to remove Trump from ballots across the United States, “Each and every one of these ridiculous cases have LOST because they are all un-Constitutional left-wing fantasies orchestrated by monied allies of the Biden campaign seeking to turn the election over to the courts and deny the American people the right to choose their next president.”