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Three Court Cases Worth Noting

By in Huffington Post on June 13, 2017

By Chris Weigant

There are three separate court cases which are making news today, so I thought it’d be worthwhile to take a quick look at all of them, to see the potential impact they might have. The three cases are in very different stages of completion. One was just filed in federal court. One got a just got a ruling from the Ninth Circuit of Appeals. And one is about to be ruled on by the Supreme Court. So let’s take them one at a time.

Maryland and D.C. sue Trump

This is the case which was just filed today. The state of Maryland and the District of Columbia are suing President Trump for violating the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution. This case is interesting in a number of ways, and has the potential to have a big impact on Trump’s presidency almost irrespective of which side eventually wins in court.

Do Maryland and D.C. have the right to sue Trump? They think they do, and they have an interesting argument to make.

The case will hinge on one very important ruling: standing. Do Maryland and D.C. have the right to sue Trump? They think they do, and they have an interesting argument to make. They are saying that the Trump Hotel in D.C. is taking business that normally would go to publicly-owned convention centers, because foreign clients (and domestic clients as well) are booking Trump Hotel in anticipation of more-favorable treatment by the president. They’ll have to prove all of that in court, of course, but the importance of the case may be in two rulings which happen long before the case is ever decided.

If Maryland and D.C. are granted standing to sue, then they are free to demand all sorts of information from […]    

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