President Donald Trump's decision, announced Wednesday, to revoke the security clearance held by former CIA Director John Brennan demonstrates that the president has learned the lesson of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the travel ban case, Trump v. Hawaii: He can get away with violating core constitutional principles if he clothes his action in a simulacrum of "executive power." As with the travel ban, Trump is taking an action that would have been unimaginable by any other modern president. It is (or rather was) a bipartisan norm to allow former high-ranking officials to keep their clearances. That doesn't mean ex-officials are being regularly briefed on classified material. They're out
The Supreme Court has said it was “not inclined” to interfere with the findings of an inquiry commission in the alleged encounter killings of eight activists of the banned outfit, Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), after a prison break in Bhopal in 2016. The commission, in its report, had given a clean chit to the Madhya Pradesh Police and had termed as “reasonable” and “inevitable” the use of force by the police that resulted in the deaths of eight SIMI activists. A bench comprising Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha and K M Joseph referred to the report of one-member commission, headed by a retired high court judge, and said there was no point in keeping the plea seeking independent
Iraq's Supreme Court has ratified the results of the May 12 parliamentary election, its spokesman said on Sunday, setting in motion a 90-day constitutional deadline for the winning parties to form a government. Parliament in June ordered a nationwide manual recount of the results, which were tallied electronically, after a government report said there were widespread violations and blamed the electoral commission. "The Federal Supreme Court issued on the afternoon of Aug. 19, 2018, its decision to ratify the names received," its spokesman Iyas al-Samouk said in a statement.
The latest legal challenge to special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, now heading to the U.S. Court of Appeals, is being steered by a veteran Washington legal group that has a history of taking on Democrats and is bankrolled, in part, by longstanding Republican donors. The National Legal and Policy Center is backing a subpoena fight launched by Andrew Miller, a former associate of Trump confidant and political provocateur Roger Stone, who has refused a demand from prosecutors to appear before a grand jury.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday sought a sealed-cover report on the district-wise percentage of population left out of the draft National Register of Citizens, which altogether excludes over 40 lakh applicants in Assam. The apex court made it clear that no political party or petitioner would be allowed to make fresh interventions on the draft standard operating procedure (SOP) the Union home ministry had placed before it to deal with claims and objections relating to the NRC. Later, in a written order, the apex court said only the Assam Public Works, Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha (an indigenous people's organisation of Assam), the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (Progressive), the Indigenous Tribal Peoples Federation, the All-Assam Bhojpuri Parishad, the Joint Action Committee for Bangali Refugees, the All Assam Minorities Students' Union (AAMSU) and Jamait Ulema-i-Hind shall be allowed to give their views on the Centre's SOP.
The business community in Kashmir today said it was incumbent upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to safeguard Article 35-A of the Constitution if he was honest in his "deeds and words" to embrace the people of the valley. Article 35-A, which provides special rights and privileges to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, is currently facing a legal challenge in the Supreme Court. The community said Modi should either get the petitions challenging Article 35-A in the top court withdrawn by the petitioners or to defend the provision by pleading for the dismissal of the case. "It is an irony that Indian PM, who only few days ago swore of Kashmiriyat from the ramparts of Red Fort, is attempting a judicial
First, the professors said they'd ban guns in their classrooms, and UT-Austin threatened them with disciplinary action. Then, they took their case to court and lost, first in Austin and again at the appeals court level. The three professors argued the law would create a chilling effect on classroom discussions because they'd be afraid to tackle divisive subjects knowing a student could be carrying a weapon. They also argued the law violates the Second Amendment "because firearm usage in [their] presence is not sufficiently 'well-regulated.'" Finally, they said their 14th Amendment rights were violated "because the University lacks a rational basis for determining where students can or cannot
Virginia's attorney general has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the state's appeal of a ruling granting new sentencing hearings for the man serving life terms for the sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C., region when he was a teenager. Attorney General Mark Herring filed a petition Friday asking the high court to review a ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In June, the appeals court ruled that Lee Boyd Malvo should be resentenced in Virginia under U.S. Supreme Court rulings that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional. Herring argues that Malvo's sentence already complies with those rulings. Malvo was 17 when he and John Allen
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's attorney general has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the state's appeal of a ruling granting new sentencing hearings for the man serving life terms for the sniper shootings that terrorized the Washington, D.C., region when he was a teenager.
Gov. Scott Walker has appointed Andrew A. Jones, a partner at the law firm Husch Blackwell, to fill the Milwaukee County Circuit Court seat vacated by Rebecca Dallet's election to Supreme Court. Jones of Whitefish Bay was the sole applicant for the possible appointment, and Walker officially named him to the bench Thursday. Jones will face an election next spring to keep the job, however. Danielle Shelton, an assistant public defender and Army veteran, announced her candidacy for the Branch 40 seat in June. Jones' practice has concentrated on defending health care companies, local governments and employers, according to his firm bio. Husch Blackwell, headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., has offices
(Reuters) - Last fall, when the U.S. Supreme Court was considering a petition presenting the question of whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibits workplace discrimination against gay and lesbian employees, gay rights supporters exhorted the justices to take the case. The Supreme Court received amicus briefs from a coalition of gay and lesbian advocacy groups, a band of legal scholars, 76 pro-equality businesses and 18 states, all of them calling on the Supreme Court to resolve a split between the 7th and 11th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal and grant review of Jameka Evans' claim that she was forced out of her job as a security guard at Georgia Regional Hospital because she is a lesbian.
Footage of the Supreme Court group photo, featuring new addition Neil Gorsuch. The court sits for a new portrait shortly after swearing in a new member. Associate Justice Neil Gorsuch, a Colorado native who joined the U.S. Supreme Court last year, describes the nine justices as professional and respectful colleagues that get along like brothers and sisters who don't always agree on everything. He told about 700 people Friday at the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference in Des Moines that members of the nation's highest court don't talk shop when they frequently have lunch together, enjoy telling each other jokes, sing each other Happy Birthday and have Christmas parties and a decorated Christmas