A Nevada judge has struck down another challenge to former President Donald Trump’s access to the state’s 2024 ballot, adding to the growing number of victories he has seen at the hands of both Republicans and Democrats intent on using the court system to force him out of the presidential race.
On Wednesday, U.S. District Court Judge Gloria M. Navarro, an Obama appointee, tossed a suit brought by John Anthony Castro, a no-name Republican presidential contender who has filed cases in multiple early-voting states attempting to remove Trump from the ballot. In her decision, Judge Navarro concludes what many of her peers have: Castro lacks standing, sidestepping the question of whether President Trump should be barred from running under Article III of the 14th Amendment.
“This is a politically charged question of significant interest to the American public,” Navarro noted in a filing obtained by Fox News. “For reasons discussed below, the Court finds that Castro lacks standing, and the Court therefore lacks jurisdiction to hear this case.”
“To have standing to sue in federal court, a plaintiff must have suffered a concrete, particularized, and actual or imminent injury in fact that was caused by the defendant’s challenged conduct and is redressable by a favorable decision,” Navarro explained. “This limitation on the judicial power prevents a plaintiff from invoking Article III jurisdiction of federal court by asserting what is merely a ‘general interest common to all members of the public.’”
Judge Navarro noted that her conclusion was also reached independently by five other courts.
“In rejecting his political competitor’s standing argument, courts have found that Castro improperly manufactured his standing merely to file this lawsuit,” Navarro writes. “The evidence indicates that Castro is creating his own injury in order to manufacture standing to challenge Trump’s eligibility to run for president.”
By his own words, Castro has failed to show that he is irreparably harmed by President Trump appearing on the ballot as his challenger. An earlier interview betrayed the long-shot candidate’s single-minded intent of running simply to keep Trump off the ballot.
“I’m not going to lie and pretend my candidacy is anything more than trying to enforce the United States Constitution, and that’s what I’m here to do,” he told the AP.
The ballot access cases against President Trump, while generally favorable, remain a mixed bag. Last month, the Colorado Supreme Court ordered that Trump be removed from the Republican primary ballot and was later joined by the Democratic secretary of state in Maine. Both concluded that President Trump participated in an insurrection and is ineligible to serve again as president. Lawyers for Trump swiftly indicated that they will appeal both decisions, with the final word all but certain to be made by the U.S. Supreme Court.