Landmark Ruling: Court Protects Presidents from Criminal Prosecution for Official Acts


The US Supreme Court has handed down a landmark decision, ruling 6-3 in favor of former President Donald Trump and establishing that presidents are protected by limited immunity from criminal prosecution for actions taken while in office.

In a highly anticipated opinion, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the court’s decision poses a question of lasting significance: “When may a former president be prosecuted for official acts taken during his presidency?” The court acknowledged that the nation has never before faced this question, but emphasized the need for a thoughtful and deliberate approach.

According to the majority opinion, presidents are entitled to absolute immunity from criminal prosecution for official acts taken within their constitutional authority, and at least presumptive immunity for all official acts. However, presidents are not immune for unofficial acts. The court emphasized that the president is not above the law, but Congress cannot criminalize the president’s conduct in carrying out the responsibilities of the executive branch.

The decision was met with dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who wrote that the ruling would grant all former presidents immunity from criminal prosecution, allowing them to misuse official power for personal gain with impunity. Sotomayor expressed her dissent with fear for the future of democracy, stating that the court’s decision would allow the occupant of the Oval Office to operate outside the law.

The case will now be remanded, and is likely to result in the dismissal of some or all of the charges facing the former president in federal court relating to the Capitol riot of January 6.

Former President Trump reacted to the ruling on Truth Social, saying, “BIG WIN FOR OUR CONSTITUTION AND DEMOCRACY. PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!”

Joel B. Pollak
Joel B. Pollak
South African-American conservative political commentator, writer, radio host, and attorney.

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