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  • Writer's pictureOlga Nesterova

QUICK NEWS: Supreme Court Grants President Absolute Immunity

In 6:3 ruling, #SCOTUS entitled (former) presidents with absolute immunity from criminal prosecution for all his official acts.

They noted that actions are seen with presumption to be official and sitting President cannot be prosecuted. Character shall not be questioned either.

Supreme Court grants immunity to US Presidents
Supreme Court grants immunity to US Presidents

Writing the dissent opinion, Justice Sotomayor warned about the ramifications of this decision:

"When [the president] uses his official powers in any way, under the majority's reasoning, he now will be insulated from criminal prosecution. Orders the Navy's Seal Team 6 to assassinate a political rival? Immune. Organizes a military coup to hold onto power? Immune. Takes a bribe in exchange for a pardon? Immune. Immune, immune, immune. Let the President violate the law, let him exploit the trappings of his office for personal gain, let him use his official power for evil ends. Because if he knew that he may one day face liability for breaking the law, he might not be as bold and fearless as we would like him to be. That is the majority's message today. Even if these nightmare scenarios never play out, and I pray they never do, the damage has been done. The relationship between the President and the people he serves has shifted irrevocably. In every use of official power, the President is now a king above the law."

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