Supreme Court rules in Trump immunity case

Per the ruling, presidents have immunity for official acts of office.

The Supreme Court made a historic ruling regarding the criminal case against former President Donald Trump in connection to his alleged involvement in overturning the 2020 election. 

The ruling potentially delays the likelihood of Trump facing trial before the November election.


The big picture: In a 6-3 decision, the justices determined that former presidents can be protected from prosecution for some of their official acts, but not for unofficial acts. 

  • However, rather than making a final judgement, the Supreme Court directed lower courts to determine how this decision applies to Trump’s case, adding additional delays to the legal proceedings.

Driving the news: During arguments in April, the Supreme Court deliberated for over 2.5 hours on whether Trump is immune from prosecution in a case related to his alleged involvement in efforts to overturn the 2020 election. 

  • The discussions touched on topics such as drone strikes, presidential bribes, historical references, and implications for the 2024 election.
  • Additionally, the justices have three other cases remaining on the docket, including a major case concerning social media laws in Texas and Florida, indicating the broad impact and relevance of the Supreme Court’s decisions in contemporary societal issues.
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