Attorneys for Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos argue their client is immune from civil legal action. The powerful Republican is refusing to testify in the federal lawsuit over the drawing of state political boundary maps. Democrats asked the federal panel of judges to force Vos to sit for a deposition and turn over documents related to the case. They say the boundaries he helped draw were illegally gerrymandered. That case is likely to be heard in the lower federal court this summer. Jay Heck of Common Cause of Wisconsin says two other cases that the U.S. Supreme Court is considering next week could have an impact on Wisconsin even before the state's case is heard.. "...The U.S. Supreme Court
The flurry of petitions against Supreme Court judges point to a far bigger challenge confronting the Judiciary and require careful scrutiny. There may be legitimate concerns about the performance of some judges, which justifies tough decisions. But it is curious how, all of a sudden, petitioners are coming out of the woods to demand censure of the judges. The speed and tactics deployed connote designs beyond what is manifest public. Since its establishment by the 2010 Constitution, the Supreme Court has been in one crisis after another. Early in its life, the first deputy chief justice, Ms Nancy Baraza, was forced out after an ugly altercation with a city mall security guard that tarnished her
Paul Ogemba 22nd Mar 2019 00:00:00 GMT +0300 Politics at play in push to reconstitute the panel that might determine who becomes President after 2022. The race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022 has been cited as partly fuelling silent succession wars in the Judiciary. Observers say that Uhuru succession and Chief Justice David Maraga's tenure that ends before 2022, have stirred a vicious battle to reconstitute the Supreme Court. CJ Maraga, and two other judges are set to retire before the next General Election. The fate of three other judges hangs in the balance after petitions were filed against them. SEE ALSO :Huduma Namba database to contain citizenship details Observers say rival
The Democratic nomination race is moving beyond stump speeches and fundraising pleas into a competition among progressives to push fundamental changes to the Constitution and Washington institutions. Several top Democratic presidential candidates have lined up behind jettisoning the Electoral College, expanding the Supreme Court, killing the Senate filibuster and granting statehood to Washington D.C. -- all of which would likely smooth the way for the policy proposals at the heart of their agendas. Those ideas are likely to resonate with the core of Democratic voters still bubbling with anger over the election of President Donald Trump despite his loss in the national vote count, the ease with
TALLAHASSEE — The state Senate — not the Florida Supreme Court — is the proper venue to determine whether Gov. Ron DeSantis was justified in suspending an Okaloosa County school official, lawyers for the governor argued in a new court filing. DeSantis, less than a week after he was sworn into office in January, suspended Superintendent Mary Beth Jackson, citing “scathing” grand-jury reports that alleged “dereliction of duty.” Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran recommended that Jackson be stripped of her post. Jackson appealed her suspension to the Florida Senate, which has the authority to reinstate or remove elected officials. A pre-hearing in the case was scheduled for March 11, but the
One million parents took their children on term time holidays last year, with the number rising steeply following the Supreme Court ruling that made them illegal.
In this Feb. 15, 2018, file photo, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas sits as he is introduced during an event at the Library of Congress in Washington. The case involves a black Mississippi death row inmate who's been tried six times for murder and a white prosecutor with a history of excluding African-Americans from juries by using peremptory strikes, for which no explanation is required.
The Episcopal Church in South Carolina and The Episcopal Church have filed a petition with the S.C. Supreme Court (.pdf) requesting that the court enforce its August 2017 decision about 29 properties currently held by a breakaway group. The S.C. Supreme Court ruled in August 2017 that the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina, which broke away from the national Episcopal Church in 2012, must return the properties, which include St. Philip's Church on Church Street and St. Michael's Church on Broad Street. That ruling, which reversed a 2015 circuit court decision, was written by all five justices, causing some opinions to be contradictory. A subsequent appeal by the diocese
The controversy surrounding DeKalb County commissioners' 60-percent pay raise is headed to the highest court in the state. The Georgia Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal filed by an activist who challenged the legality of the salary hike that was approved during a February 2018 meeting. Commissioners voted on the item although it was not on the agenda, and there was little advance notice and no discussion prior to the vote. The commissioners' actions drew criticism among DeKalb residents, particularly among those who closely follow the commission. Ed Williams, a resident active in DeKalb politics, was among the loudest critics and he made various attempts to have it repealed. He said
On March 19, the Supreme Court decided a case appealed to it by the government, from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case was a class action matter involving several similarly situated alien criminals who first sued the government and won in a U.S. district court in California. The government appealed and lost at the Ninth Circuit, and now, in the final round, has prevailed at the Supreme Court, which overturned the lower courts. The issues involved are important for reasons of public safety and extend beyond the immediate plaintiff/respondent aliens, all of whom were convicted of certain offenses that required their mandatory detention as specified in Section 236(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
A judge in a third case lifted his injunction after the high court’s ruling. The U.S. on Wednesday said the dispute cited by the judge is moot, and that her injunction is the only thing blocking the Pentagon’s ban from taking effect April 12.
Welcome to Fox News First. Not signed up yet? Click here. Developing now, Thursday, March 21, 2019 SCALIA'S SON SPEAKS OUT ON 2020 DEMS, EXPANDING SUPREME COURT: Christopher Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, told Fox News that the idea of increasing the number of justices on the high court is "maybe an argument worth taking seriously," but added that some proposals by Democratic candidates were "just unconstitutional" ... CLICK HERE to watch Scalia's interview on "Your World with Neil Cavuto" on Wednesday, where he took particular issue with an idea advanced by South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg on "Fox News Sunday" last weekend, where the Democratic presidential
For several months, the left wing of the Democratic Party has been flirting with the idea of increasing the size of the Supreme Court if Democrats gain control of Congress and the presidency in 2020. Now the idea of “packing the court” (as President Franklin D. Roosevelt tried to do in the 1930s) has attracted the interest if not necessarily the endorsement of some Democratic presidential hopefuls. Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke has even floated the idea of a 15-member court. “What if there were five justices selected by Democrats, five justices selected by Republicans, and those 10 then pick five more justices independent of those who chose the first 10?” O'Rourke mused the other day. “I think
WASHINGTON (Gray DC) — It's that time of year when March Madness takes the country by storm. A new American Gaming Association (AGA) study shows roughly 19 percent of Americans will bet on the annual NCAA basketball tournament less than a year after the Supreme Court gave states the green light to legalize sports betting. Fans and non-fans will come together for the bracket-busting tradition. “It seems like kind of a crapshoot to be honest,” said Sarah Pugh, a Northeastern graduate who says she is only participating in her office pool because her Huskies are in the tournament. Pugh admits she does not know much about basketball. Nonetheless, she forked over $5 for her office pool. The AGA study
Justice Ja'neh takes oath as witness at the impeachment trial In his cross-examination testimony on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at the Senate on Capitol Hill, embattled Associate Justice Kabineh Mohammad Ja'neh told Jurors (Senators) that all five Supreme Justices, including the Chief Justice, approved and signed the document decided by the government and oil companies involved in the Road Fund Case to withdraw the matter from the High Court. He then wondered, "why is Justice Ja'neh the only one on trial?" Justice Ja'neh went through the third day of cross-examination under intense non-stop seven hours grilling from the Senators (jurors), especially from Senators H. Varney Sherman and Augustine