Judge rules that Representative Marjorie Taylor Green can run for re-election

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A judge in Georgia ruled Friday that Representative Marjorie Taylor Green (R-G) can run for re-election after a group of voters challenged the congresswoman’s eligibility over allegations that she participated in the January 6, 2021 rebellion at the U.S. Capitol. After the 2020 presidential election.

State Administrative Law Judge Charles Boudreaux presented his findings to Secretary of State Brad Ravensberger, who accepted them and said Green’s name would remain on the ballot.

“Judge Bodrut rendered his initial decision on May 6, 2022, finding that the contestants had failed to establish their case by the preponderance of the evidence and that the defendant qualified to be a candidate for a representative of the 14th Congressional District of Georgia. Judge Bodrut’s preliminary decision, findings of facts and conclusions of law are hereby adopted.” Ravensburger He said in his decision.

A group of Georgia voters has launched a legal effort to disqualify Green from running for re-election over her alleged role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol by pro-Trump mobs.

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Green, 47, has been accused of using repeated language to incite violence at the US Capitol, including referring to efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 presidential election as “our 1776 moment.” The conservative MP denies that she played a role in the event that killed five people and injured 140 law enforcement personnel.

While Testifying in April About her alleged role in the attack, Green said she did not remember whether she urged then-President Donald Trump to impose martial law as a way to stay in power.

“I don’t remember,” the deputy said in response to an interrogation by a lawyer representing the plaintiffs in the case.

Free Speech for People, a campaign finance and national election reform group, filed the appeal in March to the Georgia Secretary of State’s office, alleging that Green, who has built a reputation as one of Trump’s most ardent supporters, helped facilitate the violent insurgency aimed at preventing Congress from Confirmation of Joe Biden’s victory.

The organization expressed its disappointment with the judge’s ruling, describing it as a betrayal of the Fourteenth Amendment.

“This decision betrays the primary purpose of the Fourteenth Amendment’s disqualification clause and gives a pass to political violence as a tool to disrupt and overturn free and fair elections,” the organization said in a statement on Friday. We urge Minister Ravensburger to take a fresh look at the evidence presented in the case and reject the judge’s recommendation. Marjorie Taylor Green helped facilitate the January 6 Rebellion and, under the Constitution, was disqualified from her future position.”

The challenge claimed that Greene’s actions violated a provision of the Fourteenth Amendment, and thus made her ineligible to run for re-election.

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The rarely-cited provision states that no person may serve in Congress “who, having previously sworn, as a Member of Congress … in support of the Constitution of the United States, has taken part in an insurrection or rebellion against the same.”

The amendment was ratified shortly after the Civil War. The provision in question was intended to prevent lawmakers who had fought for the Confederacy from being reelected to Congress.

Any voter in Georgia who is eligible to vote for a candidate can challenge that candidate’s qualifications by filing a written complaint within two weeks after the qualifying deadline, according to state law. The Secretary of State must notify the candidate of the appeal prior to requesting a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. The judge proceeds with a hearing before presenting the results to the Secretary of State, who then decides whether the candidate is eligible.