The League for Sportsmen, Law Enforcement & Defense Reacts to Unanimous Trump V. Anderson Decision After Filing Amicus Brief for Case

(03/05/24, WASHINGTON DC.) – In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court has determined that states lack the authority to disqualify candidates for federal office based on insurrection under Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment. The case, Trump v. Anderson, stemmed from a lawsuit filed by Colorado voters seeking to remove former President Donald Trump from the state’s primary ballot, alleging his involvement in the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. The Colorado Supreme Court agreed, disqualifying Trump, but that decision was overturned by the Supreme Court.

In its ruling, the high court found that “Congress, rather than the States, [is] responsible for enforcing Section 3 against federal officeholders and candidates.” This means that states cannot independently determine whether a candidate has engaged in insurrection and cannot remove them from the ballot based on such a determination.

In January, The League for Sportsmen, Law Enforcement and Defense filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court in the case of “Trump v. Anderson” ahead of the hearing. The organization, known for its advocacy and representation of sportsmen, hunters, law enforcement within the political process, has expressed its support for the Petitioner in this significant legal matter.

The Amicus Brief addressed key issues central to the “Trump v. Anderson” case and articulated the organization’s stance on the matter. James J. Fotis, President of the League for Sportsmen, Law Enforcement, and Defense, expressed this appreciation that the Supreme Court voted unanimously to ensure that justice is served in this case. 

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision reflects the principle of federalism, which divides powers between the federal government and individual states. The Court emphasized that the enforcement of Section 3 is a matter of national importance and should be handled by Congress, not by individual states. The ruling is also a major victory for Trump, clearing the way for him to appear on the ballot in upcoming primary elections.

About the League for Sportsmen, Law Enforcement, and Defense: “The League” represents sportsmen, hunters, law enforcement, and others who in the past have been the mainstay of our society. The League stands for the defense of our Constitutional Rights within our political process and will continue to fight for the rights of our citizens. The League is a registered nonprofit political organization and Hybrid PAC organization organized under Section 527 with the IRS. Contributions to The League are not tax deductible.For more information about the League for Sportsmen, Law Enforcement, and Defense, please visit

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