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Jason Murray: Attorney Arguing Against Donald Trump in Colorado Ballot Case
Jason Murray, a Denver-based attorney, is currently engaged in a legal battle against former President Donald Trump in the Colorado ballot case, which is being heard by the Supreme Court.1
The case revolves around the question of whether Donald Trump should be allowed to appear on the ballot, with judges deliberating on his eligibility for candidacy.
This marks the first instance where voters are seeking to block a presidential candidate based on a constitutional provision dating back to the post-Civil War era. This provision prohibits individuals who have “engaged in insurrection” from holding public office.
Jason Murray: Background and Legal Career
Jason Murray serves as a partner at Olson Grimsley, a law firm based in Denver, Colorado. His involvement in the Colorado ballot case represents his debut argument before the Supreme Court.
Murray brings substantial legal experience to his current role, having served as a law clerk for both liberal Justice Elena Kagan and conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch. Notably, Murray has previously worked alongside Gorsuch when the latter served on a federal appeals court.
Opinion on Justice Gorsuch
In the past, Murray has expressed his views on Justice Neil Gorsuch in an opinion piece published in The Washington Post.
Despite ideological differences, Murray endorsed Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court, highlighting his attributes such as intelligence, humility, integrity, and commitment to the rule of law.
Murray is an alumnus of Harvard University, where he graduated magna cum laude from the law school in 2011.
The lawyer for Trump’s challengers begins his argument.
Trump’s Lawyer Presentation
After nearly an hour, Trump’s lawyer finished his presentation.
Jason Murray’s Argument
Next up: Jason Murray, arguing for the Colorado voters who are challenging Trump’s eligibility.
Jason Murray: The Advocate
This is Murray’s first argument at the Supreme Court — a striking debut in a historic case.
But he’s been involved in the case from the start, and late last year, he persuaded Colorado’s top court to declare Trump ineligible, a bombshell decision that paved the way for Trump’s appeal to the Supreme Court.
Early in his career, Murray clerked for Neil Gorsuch when Gorsuch was a lower-court judge and for Elena Kagan on the Supreme Court. He then worked as a commercial litigator before helping start a law firm that describes its mission as seeking to “hold the powerful to account.”