Ohio does not need to immediately draw a new congressional map, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday. The U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering challenges against congressional maps in Maryland and North Carolina. Friday's order allows both Ohio and Michigan to hold off redrawing their maps until the court decides those cases, which is expected sometime in June. Ohio's congressional districts were found to be an “unconstitutional partisan gerrymander” by a federal court in May, which ordered the legislature to draw a new map by June 14, 2019. Attorney General Dave Yost appealed the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court after the three-judge panel in Cincinnati refused to delay their deadline.
Ado-Ekiti-The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 14, 2018 governorship election, Professor Kolapo Olubunmi Olusola has congratulated Governor Kayode Fayemi on his victory at the Supreme Court. He however, implored Governor Fayemi to sincerely exhibit the true Omoluabi attitude Ekiti people are known for, by focusing on governance in the true sense of it without bitterness. Olusola, a former Deputy Governor, declared that his own brand of politics is without bitterness but of development and service, called on all PDP members in the state to put the pain behind them and unite to move the party forward. While thanking Ekiti people for standing by him all through the court
The country's highest court has ruled an Ontario truck driver should be retried for manslaughter, but not murder, in the case of an Indigenous woman who bled to death in an Edmonton motel after he hired her for sex. In a 4-3 decision Friday, the Supreme Court said evidence about Cindy Gladue's sexual history was mishandled in a 2015 trial that ended in Bradley Barton's acquittal on a first-degree murder charge. "Our criminal justice system holds out a promise to all Canadians: everyone is equally entitled to the law's full protection and to be treated with dignity, humanity and respect," wrote Justice Michael Moldaver. "Ms. Gladue is no exception. "She was a mother, a daughter, a friend, and
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the legality of the state's grandparent visitation law, while finding it was unconstitutionally applied to a couple who objected to their child spending a week with her grandmother for an out-of-state vacation. But two justices called the grandparent visitation law unconstitutional in all cases. The unanimous decision threw out a Chippewa County judge's order that a grandmother get the time with her grandchild, in a case closely watched by family rights advocates on both sides. Justice Rebecca Dallet, writing for the majority, said Jill Kelsey had not overcome, by clear and convincing evidence, the presumption that fit parents' decisions about their child
Among the throng of abortion-rights demonstrators in front of the Supreme Court this week were six Democratic presidential candidates. They were there to protest new abortion restrictions passed by Republican-dominated legislatures in such states as Georgia, Missouri and especially Alabama, which approved an outright ban on abortions. “We are not going to allow them to move our country backward,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota vowed as she spoke to the crowd. Another White House hopeful, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, called the measures “the beginning of President Trump's war on women.” And Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey urged those protesting to “wake up more men to join this fight.”
Former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar suffered a setback on Friday as the Supreme Court refused to extend the protection from arrest granted to him in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund case. A vacation bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra, however, said Kumar could approach Calcutta high court or the trial court for relief. It refused to accept his argument that courts in West Bengal are not functioning and asked the IPS officer to appear in person and seek remedy before the court there. On May 17, Kumar was given seven days' protection, which ended on Friday, by a bench led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi to enable him approach an appropriate judicial forum in West Bengal for relief.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A cigarette manufacturer on the Yakama Nation Indian Reservation in Washington state has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review if the company is exempt from federal excise taxes. The Yakima Herald-Republic reported Thursday that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that King Mountain Tobacco was on hook for $58 million in unpaid taxes. The tobacco company claims the Yakama Treaty of 1855 protects it from the federal taxes. The company is privately owned and operates on tribal land in White Swan. The U.S. solicitor general has recommended against the court taking up the case, arguing the treaty doesn't shield the company.
DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has set a 90-day deadline for Michigan lawmakers to revise the state's sex offender registry law. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Cleland this week gave the legislature until Aug. 21. The American Civil Liberties Union and others have pressed for changes to the law and the U.S. Supreme Court in 2017 let stand a federal appeals court decision that found Michigan was treating people as "moral lepers" by saddling them with excessive restrictions. In 2006, Michigan lawmakers changed the law to prohibit registrants from living, working or even loitering within 1,000 feet (305 meters) of a school. Five years later, the Legislature said registrants should be divided into
Julian Assange, the Australian national who founded WikiLeaks, was indicted Thursday for soliciting classified information from an American whistle-blower in 2010 and publishing sensitive military files as well as State Department cables. Unlike his source, then–Army Private Chelsea Manning, who pledged to protect state secrets to get a security clearance, Assange had no obligation to the U.S. government, and appears to be in legal jeopardy for some actions that are virtually indistinguishable from journalism. The charges set a precedent “that can be used to target all news organizations that hold the government accountable by publishing its secrets,” the ACLU warns, adding, “If the US can prosecute a foreign publisher for violating our secrecy laws, there’s nothing preventing China, or Russia, from doing the same.” The civil-liberties organization says the Assange case marks the first time in American history that criminal charges are being brought “against a publisher for the publication of truthful information” under the Espionage Act of 1917.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Patricia DeVaney has been sworn in as South Dakota's newest Supreme Court justice. DeVaney took her oath of office in the state's Capitol Rotunda in Pierre Thursday, steps away from the Attorney General's Office where she spent much of her career. Republican Gov. Kristi Noem highlighted DeVaney's work as an assistant attorney general prosecuting one of South Dakota's serial killers, Robert Leroy Anderson. The Rapid City Journal says Noem also highlighted DeVaney's work defending the constitutionality of South Dakota's laws requiring "informed consent" prior to an abortion. DeVaney remained with the Attorney General's Office until 2012, when former-Gov. Dennis Daugaard appointed
2020 Democratic presidential candidate, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, joins Morning Joe to discuss what Trump gets wrong about China and the economy and how as president he would bolster U.S. manufacturing.May 24, 2019
Malaysian firm IHH Healthcare Friday said it "understands the concerns" of the Fortis Healthcare's minority shareholders over the delay in the open offer but stressed that it would proceed with the offer only when the stay is lifted by the Supreme Court. Pointing to the reason for the delay in the open offer, IHH Healthcare said it was on account of the stay imposed on it by the Supreme Court in the contempt case filed by Daiichi Sankyo. "IHH understands the concerns of the Fortis Healthcare minority shareholders regarding the delay in the open offer," an IHH spokesperson said in a statement. The delay is due to the stay imposed on the open offer by the Supreme Court of India in the contempt
Amicus or Portola: Which Is the Best Bet in May?(Continued from Prior Part)Performance in the first quarterIn the first quarter, Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD) reported 150 net new patients using Galafold therapy, meaning the total number of patients
NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Police are investigating a fatal shooting by a state trooper early Thursday morning. New York State Police say an officer shot and killed a man they say tried to climb into the trooper's vehicle after they stopped to talk to him as he walked along Interstate-84. Troopers were checking on the man near exit 5A in Montgomery at around 2 a.m., according to authorities, after receiving reports of a disabled vehicle on the road. It's unclear if the man was connected to said vehicle. They say the man was no cooperative and at one point tried to enter the police vehicle. It's unclear what commands were given to the man, but when he would not comply, one trooper shot him. He was
Brazil’s highest court took a decisive step on Thursday towards protecting LGBT+ people from discrimination, amid a spike in reported attacks since the right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro began his campaign last year.A majority of the 11-member Supreme Federal Court voted to find it unconstitutional to exclude sexual orientation and gender from Brazil’s anti-discrimination law.After the sixth member voted in favour of the ruling, securing the majority, the court suspended the hearing until 5 June.The remaining members are expected to vote then, and the ruling would be issued.It would establish a way for people who experienced discrimination or physical attacks based on their sexual identity or gender orientation to sue.Mr Bolsonaro, a social conservative, has said that if one of his sons were gay, he’d rather he be dead.Last month, he discouraged gay tourists from visiting the country, and told journalists that Brazil cannot become known as a “gay paradise”.Brazil led the world in transgender homicides with 171 in 2017, the last year for which statistics are available, according to the organisation TransEurope. Someone is killed in a homophobic attack here every 16 hours.As Mr Bolsonaro campaigned last year, reports of crimes against LGBT+ people tripled.After he took office in January, Brazil’s only openly gay congressman gave up his seat and fled the country amid death threats.“It is a decisive win for the LGBT community,” said Flavio Grossi, a criminal defence lawyer who represents LGBT+ clients.“LGBT people are scared. I have seen an increase in clients reporting instances of physical aggression, hate crimes and racism.”Brazil’s LGBT+ community has secured major victories through the supreme court, including the right to marry in 2013 and to legally change names and genders in 2018.But the country’s anti-discrimination law explicitly covers only discrimination committed on the basis of race.Brazil’s Senate is debating legislation that would punish hate crimes based on sexual orientation or gender with up to five years in prison, but could leave room for religious exceptions.With the court vote, the judiciary got out in front of the slow-moving legislation."Parliament doesn’t act,” said Judge Luiz Fox, who cast the sixth and deciding vote.“There is no guarantee the bill will pass, and even if it does, it can be vetoed and homophobia will continue,” he said. “The judiciary must act in defence of minorities against violence by the majority.”On the eve of the vote, pro-LGBT+ actors and musicians faced off against Brazil’s powerful evangelical lobby in the halls of the Supreme Court, as both groups tried to sway judges.“Freedom of thought has to be protected,” Deputy Marco Feliciano, a member of the evangelical caucus in Congress, said before the hearing.“But things are different today,” he continued. “The church isn’t confined behind four walls. A pastor can go to the pulpit and say ‘homosexuality is a sin, it scars divine character’.“That’s religious liberty, guaranteed by article five of the constitution,” he said. “But what if someone takes a video of that and posts it on social media?”A push by the evangelical caucus to delay the vote did not gather enough support.While the country’s religious right has made significant inroads in Brazil’s congress, Brazil’s supreme court judges, most of whom were appointed by left-leaning presidents, remain staunchly pro-LGBT+.Felipe Daier, a lawyer who researches LGBT+ rights, praised the court’s decision, but said more must be done.“It is extremely important that this criminalisation be accompanied by actions that allow for gender education in schools and by a reduction in inequality in all areas of public policy,” he said.The Washington Post