“I 100% understand everybody’s concerns for the parties, the lawyers, and frankly myself and my staff based on what we’ve seen in other cases,” District Judge Sarah B. Wallace said.
On September 22, the Colorado judge overseeing the first major lawsuit potentially preventing Donald Trump from appearing on the state’s 2024 ballot issued a protective order to ensure all parties involved would be safe from any threats or intimidation.
Scott Gessler, the former Colorado secretary of state representing Trump in the case, argued that it wasn’t necessary as existing laws already prohibit threats and intimidation.
I would like you all to think about this: If only liberals are given the power to determine what is permissible, then it is easy to see how this authority could be abused.
“We do have robust political debate going on here,” Gessler said. “For better or worse, this case has become a focal point.”
Recently, numerous lawsuits have been filed across the United States, aiming to bar Donald Trump from being on the 2024 ballot.
The basis for this is that the Fourteenth Amendment contains a stipulation which excludes any individual who has taken an oath to uphold the Constitution and then “engaged in insurrection” against it from running for office.
Sean Grimsley, counsel for the plaintiffs in these suits, was responsible for presenting the protective order that was approved by a judge.
Grimsley had cited federal prosecutor Jack Smith’s decision to seek a gag order against Trump as one of the inspirations for the order of protection.
“At least one of the parties has a tendency to tweet – or Truth Social about witnesses and the courts.” Grimsley said.