US Supreme Court rejects last of Trump’s election appeals.
The US Supreme Court on Monday disposed of the last of the three cases delivered to the justices by former President Donald Trump challenging his election loss, bringing a muted end to his quixotic quest within the courts that had been aimed toward holding onto power.
The court, without comment, rejected Trump’s appeal challenging thousands of absentee ballots filed in Wisconsin, an election battleground that the Republican businessman-turned-politician lost to Democrat Joe Biden by quite 20,000 votes. Biden became president on January 20.
It was the last of the three petitions filed at the Supreme Court near the top of Trump’s presidency that the justices declined to require up. The court on Washington’s Birthday turned away Trump’s other two appeals – a second Wisconsin challenge and one concerning voting in Pennsylvania, another pivotal state Trump lost. Lower courts had previously ruled against Trump in those three cases.
It was already clear that the supreme court , which incorporates three justices appointed by Trump, had no intention to intervene within the cases et al. filed by his allies because it didn’t act before Congress on Epiphany certified Biden’s victory. That formal certification was interrupted when a pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol.
The court on Monday turned away another election-related case filed by Trump ally Lin Wood, who had asked the justices to dam the January 5 Senate runoff elections in Georgia. The court never acted on the request and Democrats won both races, giving them narrow control of the Senate.
Also on Monday, the court sidestepped an opportunity to review the scope of a legal defence called qualified immunity that has been increasingly wont to shield police accused of excessive force, avoidance an appeal by a Cleveland man who sued after being roughed up by police while trying to enter his house .
The justices declined to listen to the appeal by Shase Howse, who said he was slammed to the bottom outside the house where he lived together with his mother during a poor and mostly Black neighbourhood, struck within the back of the neck and jailed after police deemed his actions suspicious. Howse, who was 20 at the time, is Black. The cops involved within the 2016 incident are white.
Qualified immunity protects cops and other sorts of officialdom from civil litigation in certain circumstances, allowing lawsuits only an individual’s “clearly established” statutory or constitutional rights are violated.
Police use of force has been closely scrutinised following the May 2020 death of a Black man named George Floyd after a Minneapolis officer knelt on his neck.
The United States House of Representatives of Representatives last Wednesday passed policing reform legislation that among other provisions would eliminate the qualified immunity defence for enforcement . The legislation, supported by most Democrats and opposed by Republicans, faces an uphill battle within the Senate.