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US: Police, FBI probe threats to Colorado judges in Donald Trump ballot case

Colorado authorities are investigating possible threats against state Supreme Court justices, Denver police said, one week after the court barred former President Donald Trump from the state's presidential primary ballot.

Edited By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 Colorado Published on: December 27, 2023 6:56 IST
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US Police on Tuesday said they are investigating incidents directed at Colorado Supreme Court justices and providing extra patrols around their homes in Denver following the court's decision to remove former President Donald Trump from the state's presidential primary ballot.

The Denver Police Department declined in an email to provide details about its investigations, citing safety and privacy considerations and because they are ongoing.

The department "is currently investigating incidents directed at Colorado Supreme Court justices and will continue working with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to thoroughly investigate any reports of threats or harassment," the email said.

Officers responded to the home of one justice on Thursday evening, but police said it appeared to be a “hoax report.” That case is also still being investigated police said.

The FBI said it is working with local law enforcement on the matter.

"We will vigorously pursue investigations of any threat or use of violence committed by someone who uses extremist views to justify their actions regardless of motivation,” a spokesperson for the Denver's FBI office, Vikki Migoya, said in a statement.

In a 4-3 decision last week, Colorado's highest court overturned a ruling from a district court judge who found that Trump incited an insurrection for his role in January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, but had said he could not be barred from the ballot because it was unclear that US Constitution's insurrection clause was intended to cover the presidency.

The state's highest court didn't agree, siding with attorneys for six Colorado Republican and unaffiliated voters who argued that it was nonsensical to imagine that the framers of the amendment, fearful of former confederates returning to power, would bar them from low-level offices but not the highest one in the land. The court stayed its decision until January 4, or until the US Supreme Court rules on the case. Colorado officials say the issue must be settled by January 5, the deadline for the state to print its presidential primary ballots. 

(With inputs from agency)

Also Read: EXPLAINED: Could Trump be President despite Colorado Supreme Court's ruling against him

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