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Another fine mess from the US Supreme Court

Another fine mess from the US Supreme Court 

BY WILLIAM S. BECKER, THE HILL

Legal experts spent the last week analyzing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision that Donald Trump can remain on the ballot in the presidential election, despite his part in inciting supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Here are some implications it may have missed. 

In their unanimous decision, the nine justices ruled that states don’t have the authority to keep candidates for federal office off their election ballots based on the Insurrection Clause. But five of the six conservative justices went further — they decided not only to make new law, but to rewrite the Constitution. They ruled that a person cannot be disqualified from office by the 14th Amendment unless Congress passes legislation saying so. 

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