Denver, Colorado – Judges on the Colorado Supreme Court, who recently ruled to exclude former President Donald Trump from the 2024 presidential ballot, are now under heightened security due to menacing threats. The court determined that Trump’s involvement in attempting to overturn President Joe Biden’s 2020 electoral victory qualified as an “insurrection,” rendering him ineligible for future elections. This decision reversed a previous ruling that exempted presidents from Section III of the Fourteenth Amendment, which disqualifies individuals who violate their oath to uphold the Constitution from holding public office.
According to sources, online posts on MAGA forums have targeted the justices, particularly the four who supported the majority decision. To address any potential acts of violence linked to these ideologies, the FBI is closely working with local law enforcement agencies.
The Denver Police Department has also launched an investigation into incidents related to threats against the Colorado Supreme Court justices. In order to ensure their safety and privacy, federal and state law enforcement agencies are working closely with the justices. As a precautionary measure, additional patrols have been deployed around the judges’ residences in Denver, with the option for heightened security upon request.
The Colorado Judicial Department has opted not to comment on the situation at this time. It is important to note that the Colorado Supreme Court’s ruling was narrowly reached, with four out of seven justices supporting the majority opinion while the remaining three justices dissented. All justices were appointed by Democratic governors.
This is not the first instance of threats and harassment directed toward judges who have made rulings unfavorable to the former president. In a separate case, a Texas woman was arrested for leaving a threatening and racially charged voicemail for U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is overseeing Trump’s federal election subversion case in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Trump’s public criticism of a law clerk presiding over his civil fraud trial in New York led to fines for repeatedly violating a gag order imposed by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron.
Law enforcement agencies, equipped with federal resources, continue to monitor these threats against judges and work diligently to ensure their safety. The potential implications of these incidents extend beyond individual court cases, raising concerns about the broader challenges facing the judicial system in an increasingly politically charged environment.