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What Happens If Someone In Jail Is Elected President Of The United States?

The U.S. Constitution lists three requirements to run for president. A candidate must be “a natural-born citizen,” “be at least 35 years old,” and “have been a resident of the United States for at least 14 years,” according to USA.gov. That’s it. “It does not bar anyone indicted, or convicted, or even serving jail time, from running as president and winning the presidency,” University of California, Los Angeles law professor Richard L. Hasen told CNN.

While the men who drafted the Constitution had a lot of foresight, they apparently didn’t plan for this particular issue. “I don’t think that the framers ever thought we were going to be in this situation,” professor Erwin Chemerinsky, a University of California, Berkeley constitutional law expert, told The New York Times. Going from theory to practice is another matter altogether, and since this has never come up before, legal experts have a few ideas of what might come into play if it becomes a reality.




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