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Pardoning Manafort would not only hamper the Russia investigations, it would also deliver another serious blow to American democracy and the rule of law. Austin Sarat, Amherst CollegePaul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, may be hoping for a presidential pardon.In September, Manafort pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice and conspiracy against the U.S. He also agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. However, Mueller recently filed papers in the federal district court for the District of Columbia alleging that Manafort had violated his cooperation agreement by repeatedly lying to the FBI and to Mueller’s investigators.In addition, one of Manafort’s lawyers has been repeatedly briefing President Trump’s lawyers about his client’s discussions with the special counsel’s team.Manafort may have been trying to please two masters in this period by both claiming to cooperate with Mueller, yet at the same...
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Republicans across the country have responded to midterm defeats by trying to undo democracy. What can stop them? In the wake of the 2018 “blue wave,” we’re now seeing a “red tide” of anti-democratic power-grabs -- strategies, tactics and rationales designed to deny the will of the voters — not just in Wisconsin, but in Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, Maine and elsewhere.In mid-November, Salon’s Igor Derysh reported on GOP efforts to rush unpopular laws through three state legislatures: Rolling back minimum wage raises and paid sick leave protections in Michigan, a new new voter-ID requirement in North Carolina, and restricting Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers’ executive powers in Wisconsin. But the picture has darkened considerably since then, both within these three states and beyond. The power grab politics we’re seeing fall into three main categories:In Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and North Carolina lame -uck legislatures are engaged in overriding will of...
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Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. Why have democracy? It’s a straightforward question, one that any American, let alone any American politician, should be able to answer. We have democracy in this country because our most basic political principles demand that we, the people, choose those individuals who craft our laws. It’s right there in the preamble to our country’s founding document, the Declaration of Independence:We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.There’s no point in getting all philosophical just for the sake of doing so, and I’ll talk soon enough about what Republicans are trying to pull in Wiscons...
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The Mexican president is butting heads with the Supreme Court just one week into office after judges suspended a law that would cap public sector salaries, one of his key campaign promises.
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The Mexican president is butting heads with the Supreme Court just one week into office after the high court suspended a law that would cut public sector pay, one of his key campaign promises
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican president is butting heads with the Supreme Court just one week into office after judges suspended a law that would cut public sector pay, one of his key campaign promises. President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador accused the judges of looking after their own pocketbooks and of failing to grasp […]
 
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Mexico's Supreme Court on Friday suspended a new law that cuts public sector pay, freezing it until the tribunal has made a definitive ruling on the legislation, and dealing a blow to Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court has appointed a special master to weigh ballot questions raised by a Democratic state House candidate. Democrat Kathryn Dodge is challenging the result of a recount that showed her losing by one vote to Republican Bart LeBon in a Fairbanks House race. The Supreme Court appointed Anchorage […]
 
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NEW YORK, Dec 7 (LPC) - Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro could present a new sale and purchase agreement (SPA) before the end of December for the sale of the Transportadora Associada de Gás (TAG) pipeline, after a Brazilian Supreme Court injunction in July stalled the sale.
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We're starting to learn more about what the rumored 2020 AirPods redesign might look like. A recent Apple patent filing shows how the company may make changes to the AirPods in years to come. Spotted by 9to5Mac, the filing contains specs for biometric sensors, noise-canceling, and even the introduction of expandable foam to better fit every ear.  SEE ALSO: Apple antitrust lawsuit heads to the Supreme Court As with all exciting patent filings, it comes with ~drawings~. Expandable foam could help redesigned AirPods fit snugly in any ear.Image: apple/us patent and trademark officeThe abstract of the patent focuses on the ability of a biometric sensor that sits close to the skin to adjust its output based on its location. That is, AirPods could be worn "interchangeably," and determine what to play, when to stop, and other features, based on its proximity to its human. That could even include noise cancelation. From the patent: Read more...More about Apple, Patents, Airpods, Tech, an...
 
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A woman who was 16 when she killed a Nashville man who solicited her for sex must serve at least 51 years in prison before she's eligible for release, according to the Tennessee Supreme Court.
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The Supreme Court is scheduled to return to a deeply divisive issue on Friday when the justices meet behind closed doors to discuss an issue left unresolved last term: when do states go too far in drawing district lines for partisan gain?
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NEW YORK, Dec 7 (LPC) - Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro could present a new sale and purchase agreement (SPA) before the end of December for the sale of the Transportadora Associada de Gás (TAG) pipeline, after a US Supreme Court injunction in July stalled the sale.
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Republicans apparently have not learned much from what happened in the Alabama Senate race. The Wall Street Journal's new interview with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is, for the most part, full of the usual bland dodges and preemptive scapegoating of Democrats for any potential setback to his party.But one particular comment of his, when discussing possible Senate election opportunities for Republicans in 2020, was a lot more eye-opening."If you look at a map of America, there's a lot of red," he said, noting one obvious 2020 pickup opportunity for the GOP: Democratic Sen. Doug Jones's Alabama seat.Mr. McConnell called Mr. Jones' victory over Republican Roy Moore "the Alabama mistake in 2017"—when Mr. Moore, in a special election, faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.McConnell believes it was a "mistake" for voters in Alabama not to choose Roy Moore, who was credibly accused of molesting multiple teenage girls, over Doug Jones, a prosecutor who locke...
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The president is cracking under pressure. On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller is scheduled to file new information in the court cases against President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort and attorney Michael Cohen.And Trump is not taking it well.Ahead of the new court filings, Trump posted an epic, meandering rant on Twitter that essentially named off every scapegoat vilified on Fox News over the last two years:Robert Mueller and Leakin’ Lyin’ James Comey are Best Friends, just one of many Mueller Conflicts of Interest. And bye the way, wasn’t the woman in charge of prosecuting Jerome Corsi (who I do not know) in charge of “legal” at the corrupt Clinton Foundation? A total Witch Hunt...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018....Will Robert Mueller’s big time conflicts of interest be listed at the top of his Republicans only Report. Will Andrew Weissman’s horrible and vicious prosecutorial past be listed in the Report. He wrong...
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Supreme Court arguments Thursday on a case involving double jeopardy immediately turned heated, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was among the most relentless in questioning a lawyer at the lectern.
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Richard Brookhiser’s “John Marshall” looks at the accomplishments of the legendary chief justice and draws lessons for today.
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A convicted killer who spent more than 36 years on death row in Tennessee was executed by electric chair on Thursday, the second time in five weeks that the state used electrocution to carry out a death sentence. Both Miller and Edmund Zagorski before him chose the electric chair over lethal injection, a process proponents said would be painless and humane. The execution came nearly two decades after the state adopted lethal injection as its preferred method.
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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi’s state Supreme Court is denying appeals from two death row inmates over Mississippi’s plans to execute them using a sedative called midazolam. In a pair of 7-2 rulings Thursday, justices found that Thomas Edwin Loden Jr. and Richard Gerald Jordan hadn’t presented enough scientific evidence about the drug to justify […]
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Boy, was that a fast reversal by Bronx DA Darcel Clark: A week after talking of going to the US Supreme Court to overturn a crazy ruling by New York’s top court, she dropped that idea and instead proposed an even crazier “solution.” The state Court of Appeals created a new right for class-B misdemeanor...
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At long last, Sammy Yatim can rest in peace. With the Supreme Court’s refusal to hear an appeal of his conviction and sentence, James Forcillo is out of options. The former Toronto Police constable — he officially resigned in September — must now pay his debt to society with no more avenues left to escape […]
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The Supreme Court heard arguments on Thursday in a case about double jeopardy that could have important consequences for presidential pardons and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Democrat challenging the results of an Alaska House race says errors made by election officials in counting ballots “work to deprive” her of the seat. Kathryn Dodge, through her attorney, filed an appeal with the Alaska Supreme Court, which seeks a resolution of the matter by Jan. 14, the day […]
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The Supreme Court justices sounded unwilling on Thursday to overturn a long-standing precedent that allows a state and the federal government to prosecute a person for the same crime — despite the Constitution’s ban on "double jeopardy.” A lawyer for an Alabama man who was prosecuted in both state...
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Michael David Henderson, 37, was charged with fatally shooting Abubakar Abdi, 20, during an argument at a gas station on Rainier Avenue in South Seattle in October 2015.
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But the justices seemed reluctant to overrule precedents that sometimes allow defendants to be prosecuted twice for the same crimes.
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A majority of the Supreme Court sounded unlikely Thursday to overturn more than a century of doctrine that allows states and the federal government to prosecute someone for the same criminal conduct.
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A Supreme Court case concerning double-jeopardy rules is receiving outsized attention due to its potential implications for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Supreme Court is clarifying that a woman convicted of first-degree murder as a teen could be released from prison after serving at least 51 years. The court issued the opinion Thursday at the request of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is considering the case of 30-year-old Cyntoia […]
 
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U.S. Supreme Court justices on Thursday expressed skepticism about putting limits on criminal charges being brought against people for the same offenses by both federal and state prosecutors in a case involving an Alabama man charged with illegally possessing a gun.
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U.S. Supreme Court justices on Thursday expressed skepticism about putting limits on criminal charges being brought against people for the same offenses by both federal and state prosecutors in a case involving an Alabama man charged with illegally possessing a gun.
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The Supreme Court justices sounded unwilling on Thursday to overturn a long-standing precedent that allows a state and the federal government to prosecute a person for the same crime — despite the constitutional ban on "double jeopardy.” A lawyer for an Alabama man who was prosecuted in both state...
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For starters, how about wrapping up a livable minimum wage this holiday season? It’s that time of the year—the most wonderful time of the year, the hap-happiest season of all. There’ll be parties for hosting, marshmallows for toasting and utility repair workers out in the snow.It’s great, all right. You know what would make it better, though? Eight Hanukkah days of gifts for workers. Maybe a stocking stuffed with presents for those who labor 52 weeks a year, without a paid sick day, pension benefits or employer-sponsored health insurance.For those stumped by this proposition, I’ve made a list. I’ve checked it twice. On it are eight gifts that would convert workers’ blue, blue, blue, blue Christmases to white.1. Tonka Trucks. For the adults who drive the real backhoes, excavators, bulldozers, motor graders, pavers, and concrete trucks, who build the massive tires on which giant trucks roll, who refine the oil to make the gasoline that powers those vehicles, who forge...
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The Supreme Court of Canada has ordered a new trial in the case of a Quebec man suspected of drunk driving who was acquitted in a lower court ruling because he was left unsupervised for 20 minutes before he took a breathalyzer test.
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The case concerns the so-called "dual sovereignty" exception to the Constitution's Double Jeopardy clause.
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The trial of two former London jail employees will go ahead, after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled it will not hear their appeal over delays in the case.
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U.S. Supreme Court justices on Thursday expressed skepticism about putting limits on criminal charges being brought against people for the same offenses by both federal and state prosecutors in a case involving an Alabama man charged with illegally possessing a gun.
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U.S. Supreme Court justices on Thursday expressed skepticism about putting limits on criminal charges being brought against people for the same offenses by both federal and state prosecutors in a case involving an Alabama man charged with illegally possessing a gun. Depending on how the court rules, the case that could have implications for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign. The court appeared divided on non-ideological lines, but a majority seemed concerned about the practical implications of overturning longstanding precedent allowing for parallel state and federal prosecutions.
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U.S. Supreme Court justices on Thursday expressed skepticism about putting limits on criminal charges being brought against people for the same offenses by both federal and state prosecutors in a case involving an Alabama man charged with illegally possessing a gun.
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Supreme Court justices on Thursday appeared reluctant to overrule a 170-year-old precedent that allows someone to be prosecuted for the same crime if the charges are brought separately by both federal and state governments.Justices at each end the...
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The court ruled the initiative, which was struck down by the King County Superior Court, is outside the scope of local initiative power.
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The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear an appeal of a case involving two corrections workers in London. The guards at the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre had charges against them stayed at a lower court. The case involves the beating death of Adam Kargus in October 2013.
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A federal appeals court has upheld a New Jersey law that bans high-capacity gun magazines, after a challenge that may end up in the Supreme Court.
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OTTAWA — A Toronto police officer who shot a teenager on an empty streetcar five years ago finds out today if Canada’s top court will hear his case. A jury acquitted Const. James Forcillo of the second-degree murder of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim in 2016. However, jurors convicted him of attempted murder related to a second […]
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Felicity Jones stars as a young Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Mimi Leder's flawed but enjoyable 'On the Basis of Sex.'
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A Toronto police officer convicted of attempted murder in the shooting death of a teenager on an empty streetcar five years ago finds out today if Canada's top court will hear his case.
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The Supreme Court on Thursday will consider an exception to the Fifth Amendment's ban on prosecuting an individual twice for the same offense in a case that could also possibly impact President Donald Trump's pardon power as it applies to the Robert Mueller probe.
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A bruising battle over the court’s latest appointee and a recent health scare involving the oldest justice has renewed interest in the age-old debate over whether there should be term limits for the Supreme Court.It’s an idea that’s been floated...
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A bruising battle over the court's latest appointee and a recent health scare involving the oldest justice has renewed interest in the age-old debate over whether there should be term limits for the Supreme Court.
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George H.W. Bush was by turns conciliatory and confrontational. The combative approach put Clarence Thomas on the court.
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A case of a man tried twice for the same gun charge by the federal government and the state of Alabama could have ramifications for the Mueller investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia.
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A case of a man tried twice for the same gun charge by the federal government and the state of Alabama could have ramifications for the Mueller investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia.
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A Toronto police officer who shot a teenager on an empty streetcar five years ago finds out today if Canada's top court will hear his case. A jury acquitted Const. James Forcillo of the second-degree murder of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim in 2016.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments about an exception to the Constitution’s ban on being tried for the same offense. The outcome could have a spillover effect on the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. The justices are taking up an appeal Thursday from federal prison inmate Terance […]
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Her husband killed himself after losing millions to Bernie Madoff — but now his wife is blaming the shrink. The widow of a hedge-fund executive Charles Murphy, 56, whose fund at Fairfield Greenwich lost $50 million in the epic Ponzi scheme revealed in December 2008, filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court Wednesday against NYU Langone...
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Mexico’s Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional the optional nature of enrolling domestic workers in the country’s social security system and given the government three years to build a system making it mandatory
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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional the optional nature of enrolling domestic workers in the social security system and given the government three years to build a system making it mandatory. It would be a dramatic change for Mexico’s more than 2 million housekeepers, gardeners, cooks and drivers. The change would […]
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Mitch McConnell has a choice: allow a vote to protect the special counsel, or put the brakes on confirming judges. It's no secret that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) does not like the bipartisan bill put forward in the Senate to prevent President Donald Trump from firing special counsel Robert Mueller.But how much does he hate it? He hates it so much that he'd rather let Trump's judicial nominees go unconfirmed for the rest of the year.That is the choice McConnell now faces. 22 judicial nominees are currently stuck in the Senate Judiciary Committee because Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) is refusing to vote for any of them until the special counsel bill, crafted by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Cory Booker (D-NJ), is allowed a vote by the full Senate. Without Flake's approval, Republicans lack a majority on the Judiciary Committee to move them forward.Confirming far-right judges to the federal bench has been McConnell's top priori...
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