U.S. District Judge Irene Berger, appointed during the Obama administration, has dismissed a lawsuit brought by GOP presidential contender John Anthony Castro from Texas. The lawsuit aimed to prevent former President Donald Trump from appearing on the 2024 presidential ballot in West Virginia.
Castro based his argument on Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment, which disqualifies individuals engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the government. However, Judge Berger ruled against this claim, emphasizing that the evidence suggested Castro’s motives were primarily legal pursuits rather than a genuine presidential campaign.
The decision highlighted the lack of specific factual allegations related to Castro’s candidacy in his complaint. Judge Berger pointed out that Castro’s argument relied on speculation, proposing that Trump’s removal from the ballot would redirect his voters and contributors to support other candidates, including Castro.
“Castro’s complaint relies on supposition and speculation that if Mr. Trump were removed from the ballot, his voters and contributors would default to other candidates, including Mr. Castro. But he supplies no specifics to support the conclusion that Trump voters would become Castro voters if his suit was successful,” noted Judge Berger in her decision.