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    Share this: Recent evidence showing that Virginia Thomas, wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, sent at least 29 text messages to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows urging him to help overturn the 2020 election has reignited a long-simmering debate about judicial ethics and the nation’s highest court. Fair and impartial judges are essential to the health and legitimacy of the judicial system and are a critical component of the system of government established in the U.S. Constitution. In the past, both liberal and conservative justices’ actions have raised questions about ethical standards for the court. Justice Stephen Breyer’s wife owned personal stock in a company involved in a Supreme Court case, for example, and former Justice Antonin Scalia went duck hunting with then-Vice President Dick Cheney in 2003 when the court was considering a case focused on Cheney.
    Parents of Parkland high school mass shooting victims sobbed through testimony today detailing how their children were 'ripped apart' by shooter Nikolas Cruz's AR-15. Dr. Terril Tops - the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students Luke Hoyer and Joaquin Oliver, and football coach Aaron Feis - described in graphic detail the extent of the injuries he saw.  In attendance were the family members of the victims, including Hoyer's parents, and Oliver's mother and daughter. The Hoyers could be seen wiping away heavy tears as their son's death was described, and Oliver's mother had to leave the courtroom. The excruciating testimony came during the ninth day of Cruz's sentencing hearing as prosecutor's seek the death sentence and defense angles for a life sentence. In October Cruz, now 23, plead guilty to the 17 murders he committed at the Florida high school in 2018, and also plead guilty to 17 counts of attempted murder. Florida law requires a unanimous recommendation of death from the jury for a capital punishment sentencing. Gena Hoyer, with her husband Tom...
    NBA free agent Miles Bridges, 24, pleaded not guilty to battering his girlfriend, Mychelle Johnson, in front of their two young children. The charges, filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, stem from two separate arguments on June 27 and 28 that allegedly turned violent, according to DA George Gascón. His girlfriend, Mychelle Johnson, shared photos of herself on social media, showing her badly-injured face following the alleged attack. She suffered a broken nose, a concussion, and other serious injuries, purportedly, at the hands of Bridges.  Bridges, 24, made his first appearance in Los Angeles County Superior Court on July 20 to answer to three counts of felony domestic abuse.  The former Charlotte Hornets star appeared at court without an entourage while wearing a navy blue suit.   She didn't name Bridges as her attacker in the post but wrote: 'I've allowed someone to destroy my home, abuse me in every way possible and traumatize our kids for life.'   Miles Bridges, a former Charlotte Hornets star, appeared at court without an entourage while wearing a navy blue suit. The charges against Bridges, filed in...
    The woman accused of fatally pushing an elderly woman on a New York City sidewalk has retained a dapper, high-powered attorney who has represented some of the city's most notorious defendants. Lauren Pazienza, 26, has retained celebrity attorney Arthur Aidala to defend against a manslaughter charge in the March 10 attack that killed vocal coach Barbara Gustern, 87, in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.  Pazienza appeared in court on Tuesday for the first time in three months, where she rejected a plea deal for 15 years in prison. Aidala was at her side, nattily dressed in a blue pinstripe suit, matching purple tie and pocket square, and Panama hat.  Aidala, 54, is well-known for taking on high-profile clients who attract harsh scrutiny from the press, and has previously represented the likes of Anthony Weiner, Harvey Weinstein, Rudolph Giuliani, Alan M. Dershowitz and Roger Ailes. Attorney Arthur Aidala (left) is seen arriving in court on Tuesday with the parents of Lauren Pazienza, the evens planner accused of fatally shoving an 85-year-old woman in NYC Aidala is seen advising his latest infamous client, Pazienza, on...
    A Memphis man has been charged in the murder of his new wife while they were away on what was supposed to be an idyllic honeymoon in Fiji. Bradley Robert Dawson, 38, is charged with one count of murder in the July 9 death of his wife Christe Chen Dawson, 36, the Fiji  Sun reported. Before the alleged murder, Chen eerily told a neighbor how excited she was to be spending her honeymoon in paradise. Chen's body was later found inside a hotel room at the resort the couple was staying in, the news outlet reported. It is unclear which resort the murder took place, but according to reports it was on Yasawa Islands or on the island of Mamanucas. Dawson was 'nowhere to be found' on the remote island, known for its pristine beaches, crystal blue-green waters, palm trees, lush vegetation and remote setting, until police caught up with him and was taken into custody. Dawson refused to submit his DNA for forensic testing when the police prosecutor requested. A court order was later requested before the Magistrate, Sekonaia Vodokisolomone at...
    Alice Evans has shared text messages she claims were sent by her estranged husband Ioan  Gruffudd to their eldest daughter. 'Fantastic Four' actor Ioan, 48, has filed for joint custody of his two daughters Elsie, 8, and Ella, 12, months after his estranged wife, Alice, 53, filed for sole custody amid a bitter divorce.  In a series of Instagram posts on Sunday Alice shared texts which she stated proved 'the difference in the way my husband is presenting his relationships with his kids and the reality' while also breaking down in tears as she read her ex's court declaration. Tough time: Alice Evans has shared text messages she claims were sent by her estranged husband Ioan Gruffudd to their eldest daughter amid his filing for joins custody  (pictured together with their daughters Elsie and Ella in 2018) Ioan filed the joint custody request in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday July 8, asking for custody and visitation rights to see his children.  The actor claimed in the filing that Evans had been purposely trying to cut communication between Gruffudd and the children.  He also...
    More than six in 10 young women say bans on abortions will impact whether they decide to live in a state, as many legislatures move to restrict the practice following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Roe v Wade. A survey of 843 people aged 18-29 also found that young women living in states with abortion bans would alter their sexual behavior — when picking partners, using birth control or by having less sex. The Generation Lab/Axios research comes amid ongoing controversy over the Supreme Court’s decision last month to overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. About half of American states are ultimately expected to restrict or ban abortions. Survey respondents frequently said they were left feeling ‘mad’, ‘upset’, ‘hopeless’ or ‘disillusioned’ by the ruling. Still, a sliver of 7 percent said they were ‘happy’ and ‘relieved’ by the change. More than six in 10 young women say bans on abortions will impact whether they decide to live in a state Respondents to a survey on abortion frequently said they were left feeling ‘mad’, ‘upset’, ‘hopeless’...
    (CNN)In their first show in over a decade, rock-rap renegades Rage Against the Machine decried the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and end the federal constitutional right to an abortion.Members of the band, which has long been known for its anti-authority stance and its music's political messages, didn't give impassioned speeches on the first stop of their reunion tour -- singer Zack de la Rocha and his crew simply rocked while a giant screen behind them did the talking.Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter Piet Levy, on hand to review the show, filmed a segment of the concert during which de la Rocha repeatedly screamed "freedom" while a video screen flashed with statements about gun violence, Black maternal mortality and abortion access. "Forced birth in a country that is the only wealthy country in the world without any guaranteed paid parental leave at the national level," read the screen for several seconds, according to Levy's video. Billie Joe Armstrong says hell renounce his US citizenship over Roe v. Wade reversal"Forced birth in a country where Black birth-givers experience maternal...
    GULF war veterans are set to take the government to court in a billion-pound legal battle over illnesses caused by their service. Ex-troops have launched the landmark group action after compiling evidence showing vaccines led to them suffering Gulf War illnesses. 2Gulf war veterans are set to take the government to court in a billion-pound legal battle over illnesses caused by their service (stock picture)Credit: PA Solicitor Hilary Meredith-Beckham – married to David Beckham’s Dad, Ted – is leading the High Court action on behalf of campaign group Justice for Veterans. It comes after new evidence - including military medical records showing vaccines caused so-called Gulf War Syndrome - came to light. Research shows troops from only five countries – the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and Denmark - of the 36-nation coalition opposing Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait suffered significant levels of illness. Those countries all vaccinated their personnel when they arrived in the Gulf, meant to protect from chemical and biological weapons. Read More on the Army LORD DANNATT Army was so small in 1937 Hitler almost won...we can’t make...
    Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer convicted last year of murdering George Floyd, was sentenced to 21 years on Thursday on a separate federal charge of civil rights violations in a Minnesota U.S. District Court. Chauvin will also be transferred from the state prison where he is currently incarcerated to a Federal prison, which is considered by many to be a far safer and less restrictive place to serve time. In handing down the sentence, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson told Chauvin: 'For your actions, you must be held accountable.' Chauvin's sentence was doled out as 252 months in prison, but Judge Magnuson subtracted seven-months for time served.  Chauvin, 46, pleaded guilty in December as part of a plea deal, admitting he violated Floyd's civil rights by kneeling on the man's neck and back. His plea called for a 20 to 25 year sentence. Prosecutors sought the full 25 on the grounds that Chauvin's actions were cold-blooded and needless. During the sentencing Chauvin's attorney, Eric Nelson, asked the court for a twenty-year sentence.  Chauvin did not offer an apology to...
    Peggy Nienaber prays with two other Christian fascists committed to forcing their extremist beliefs on the entire country. Peggy Nienaber may provide her own downfall thanks to hubris. Rolling Stone revealed on Wednesday that the Christian fascist, who serves as vice president of the nonprofit anti-abortion group Faith & Liberty and serves as hate group Liberty Counsel’s executive director of D.C. Ministry, was caught bragging about praying with Supreme Court justices. While appearing on a livestream she didn’t realize was being recorded, Nienaber confirmed that she prays with some of the justices inside the Supreme Court itself. “They will pray with us, those that like us to pray with them,” Nienaber said, adding with a laugh that, “Some of them don’t!” This claim was backed up by the founder of the ministry that ultimately got absorbed into Liberty Counsel. Rob Schenck, who used to work alongside Nienaber, has since renounced his actions. Yet from the late 1990s onward, he prayed with Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Antonin Scalia in the Supreme Court itself. The prayers never directly mentioned cases, but clearly worked their manipulative magic, though Schenck seems shocked by this....
    A mother whose daughter was killed by her estranged boyfriend came face to face with the alleged killer as he was arraigned in court.  Lisa DeSort's 20-year-old daughter, Azsia Johnson, a mother of two, was shot in the head by Isaac Argro on Manhattan's Upper East Side earlier this week.  Johnson was pushing the stroller of their baby infant girl at the time.  On Saturday, DeSort went down to Manhattan Criminal Court in order to see to Argro, 22, in person, three days after her daughter was gunned down. Isaac Argro is arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court after he was arrested for shooting Azsia Johnson, the Mother of his child, in the head killing her Isaac Argro, 22, was arrested on Friday and charged with murder and criminal possession of a weapon, after his ex-girlfriend was shot and killed 'I welcomed you into our life. I treated you like a son. And this is what you did to our family,' she said to the New York Daily News when asked if she had a message for him. 'I don't want him to get...
    A PIG farmer accused of murdering his wife showed her little or no affection and preferred their dog, a court heard. David Venables allegedly killed Brenda, then 48, in 1982 so he could run off with his lover. 3A pig farmer accused of murdering his wife showed her little or no affection and preferred their dog, a court heardCredit: PA 3David Venables is accused of killing Brenda, then 48, in 1982 so he could run off with his loverCredit: SWNS Her body was found in a septic tank in 2019. Brenda had become depressed by his affairs and they had not had sex for 13 years, Worcester crown court heard. Her psychiatrist called Venables, now 89, a typical farmer “displaying little to no affection to his wife, but showering praise on the family dog”. The court heard doctors tried to make appointments to see the couple together, but Venables repeatedly said he was "too busy". Read more on David Venables'WANTED HER OUT' Husband 'killed wife & dumped body in a septic tank to be with lover'COLD CASE Farmer charged with...
    (CNN)The Supreme Court on Monday ruled in favor of two doctors who were convicted of prescribing dangerous opioids without valid medical justification in violation of federal law. Lawyers for the doctors appealed their convictions, arguing that a jury should have been able to consider whether they reasonably believed that they were acting within professional boundaries. The government had argued such a standard was not necessary. The court ruling for the doctors was unanimous, but the justices differed 6-3 on the legal rationale. Justice Stephen Breyer, writing for the majority, said that for the prosecution of the doctors to be successful, the government "must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant knowingly or intentionally acted in an unauthorized manner."This is a breaking story and will be updated.
    Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who voted to overturn Roe v. Wade, expressed 'disappointment' that Americans are more interested in their iPhones than the Constitution, a new book claims. The George HW Bush nominee to the highest court bemoaned the lack of engagement in law and politics among the US public. The judge was interviewed by Michael Pack for more than 30 hours between November 2017 and March 2018 for the book Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words, co-edited by Mark Paoletta. Thomas said: 'I think we as citizens have lost interest and that's been my disappointment.  'That certainly was something that bothered Justice Scalia, that people tend to be more interested in their iPhones than their Constitution. They're interested in what they want rather than what is right as a country.' Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas previously expressed 'disappointment' that Americans are more interested in their iPhones than the Constitution Pack asked Thomas if this lack of interest was a 'burden for the Supreme Court'. He replied, according to Insider: 'No, it's a burden on them, the citizens. They're going...
    "Find their churches. The area they live in is super wealthy and they all definitely are part of local bloated churches. Find their churches, they can never be free, because you can track when they're home by when they they go to their local church." One Reddit user asks, "Where are the 2nd homes?" A mail carrier appears to request that domestic terrorists don't use the mail service to deliver bombs to Supreme Court justices, but instead called for "more direct action." "Socialist mailman here, please don't send anything that could hurt your mail handlers," the Redditor wrote. "Accidental tearing happens to mail all the time. I would encourage more direct action at a time like this." A Redditor ranted, "Six of these fascist creeps. A mere SIX. 330 MILLION of us. Why are we putting up with this? This is a f***ing WAR now." Another Redditor stated, "Politicians are way too comfortable in this country when they're willing to break precedent to go against 70% of the population to fit their own agenda. Maybe it's time they felt...
    Several US companies, such as Disney or Meta, Facebook’s parent company, announced on Friday that they were committed to reimbursing their employees’ travel expenses who were forced to have abortions following a Supreme Court ruling. The 1973 Row v. Wade decision paved the way for the legalization of abortion in the United States. The Conservative ruling voted five to four to overturn the RAW ruling, with judges in favor of repealing the text, recognizing that the text, which authorizes voluntary termination of pregnancy at the federal level, was erroneous. The Constitution of the United States makes no specific reference to the right to abortion. Following this decision, many states will restrict or restrict access to abortion, forcing women to move to states where abortion is still permitted. Maintenance management A company spokesman said Disney was committed to providing quality healthcare, including abortion, to its employees. Disney has said it will cover travel expenses for employees who have to travel to another state to access health care, including abortion. Meta has promised to reimburse travel expenses for...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a month ago, a stunning leak of a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito indicated that the Supreme Court was prepared to take the momentous step of overruling the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade from 1973 and stripping away women’s constitutional protections for abortion. And that’s just what the court’s conservative majority ended up doing Friday in a ruling likely to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. When the court heard arguments in the abortion case from Mississippi in December, it was clear to observers that there was substantial support among the conservatives for overturning Roe and a second decision that had established and reaffirmed a woman’s right to an abortion. But even before those arguments and Friday’s decision, the justices had much to say in public about abortion over the years — in opinions, votes, Senate confirmation testimony and elsewhere. The vote was 6-3 to uphold Mississippi’s law banning most abortions after 15 weeks, but Chief Justice John Roberts didn’t join his conservative colleagues in overturning Roe. He wrote...
    Author Celeste Headlee has composed a helpful list of quotes from the Supreme Court justices who overturned Roe today, and it's a reminder that Senate confirmation hearings are, at this point, just another institutionalized venue for lying. Nobody believed what the handpicked far-right nominees were saying, because their far-right patrons would not have pushed for them to take the role if they had not expressed previous support to gut whatever needed gutting to serve the far-right agenda. That was the point. It should probably go without saying that Amy Coney Barrett was the most flagrant bullshitter. xAmy Coney Barret in confirmation hearing: "Cases [like Roe] are so well settled that no political actors and no people seriously push for their overruling."— Celeste Headlee (@CelesteHeadlee) June 24, 2022 But she quickly hedged by saying that while Roe was precedent, it wasn't “SUPER-precedent.” That is a real thing that an actual Supreme Court nominee argued. It's also a distinction that the court's conservatives now have to lean on, as they shred hundreds of years of precedent to come to conclusions based on misogynists and would-be...
    Brian Laundrie's parents have been spotted on a shopping trip just a day after skipping out on a court hearing in the civil case brought against them by Gabby Petitio's parents.  DailyMail.com saw Christopher and Roberta Laundrie near their home in North Port, Florida, on Thursday making several stops, including to a store and to fill up their red pick-up truck.  Christopher wore a gray t-shirt and shorts, while Roberta kept her mask on outdoors and wore a floral shirt and cap.    On Wednesday the Laundries were a no-show at the hearing, where Petito's family blasted them as being 'callous and shameful.' Petito, 22, was strangled on a road trip with Laundrie in Wyoming last summer and now her family is suing her killer boyfriend's parents over her death.    The civil suit alleges the Laundries knew their son, 23, had murdered Petito after he returned to their Florida home alone - and tried to help him flee authorities. Laundrie's parents had filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. The lawyer representing the Laundries says they have 'no regrets' about their response...
    A Nigerian senator and his wife have today appeared in court accused of plotting to traffic a homeless child into the UK in order to harvest his organs. Ike Ekweremadu, a People's Democratic Party politician for 19 years who was once Deputy President of the nation's senate, and Beatrice Nwanneka Ekweremadu are accused of trying to traffic the 15-year-old to the UK from Lagos.  The court heard the couple, who have four children and a house in Willesden, North London, hoped to transplant the boy's organs to their daughter who suffers from kidney failure.    Police were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery laws last month and arrested the couple two days ago Heathrow Airport as they attempted to board a plane to Turkey, the court heard. Ekweremadu, 60, is said to have had £20,000 on him on at the time of his arrest, according to prosecutors. The child is now under the care of safeguarding authorities and the Metropolitan Police, officials say. Ekweremadu and accountant wife Beatrice, 55, are charged with conspiracy to arrange or facilitate travel of another person with...
    The lawyer representing Brian Laundrie's parents says they have 'no regrets' about their response to Gabby Petito's murder. Attorney Steve Bertolino defended the Laundries, saying they did 'everything the right way,' on Wednesday night, just hours after Petito's family blasted them in court as being 'callous and shameful.' Petito, 22, was strangled on a road trip with Laundrie in Wyoming last summer. The van-life blogger's mother and father are suing their daughter's killer boyfriend and his parents, Christopher and Roberta Laundrie, over her death.   The civil suit alleges the Laundries knew their son, 23, had murdered Petito after he returned to their Florida home alone - and tried to help him flee authorities.  Laundrie's parents had filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit.  After hearing arguments from attorneys for both families on Wednesday, Sarasota County Circuit Court Judge Hunter W. Carroll announced he will make a decision within two weeks as to whether the case will go to trial. Attorney Steve Bertolino, who represents Brian Laundrie's parents, says they have 'no regrets' about their response to Gabby Petito's murder Petito's parents, Nichole Schmidt, 41, and her former husband Joseph Petito,...
    The distraught mother of murdered Gabby Petito dabbed tears from her eyes in a courtroom today as she listened to her lawyer blast the actions of killer Brian Laundrie's parents as 'callous and shameful'. Nicole Schmidt, 41, also toyed nervously with a necklace as she sat with former husband Joseph Petito, 42, the father of the adventurous 21-year-old who was strangled on a van-life road trip with Laundrie in Wyoming last summer. The devastated mother and father are suing Christopher and Roberta Laundrie, alleging they knew their son had murdered Gabby after he returned to their Florida home alone - and tried to help him flee authorities. Nicole Schmidt (left) and Joseph Petito (right) appeared in court on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the lawsuit they filed against Roberta and Christopher Laundrie Christopher and Roberta Laundrie allegedly knew their son killed Petito and took him on vacation. The pair remained silent during the search for Petito The Schmidts are suing Christopher and Roberta Laundrie, alleging they knew their son Biran (right) had murdered Gabby (left) after he returned to their Florida...
    Getty RHOC Star's divorce details. “Real Housewives of Orange County” star Dr. Jen Armstrong seeking to keep homes in California and Hawaii along with other assets, new divorce documents obtained by Heavy reveal. Armstrong filed for divorce from her husband, Ryne Holliday, in Orange County court in May, according to court records. The documents reveal which assets she is hoping to hold on to. Armstrong, a 45-year-old cosmetic dermatologist and plastic surgeon, is also asking a judge to give her physical and legal custody of the couple’s three young children. But she is not seeking any spousal support from her husband and has also asked the judge to not order her to give Holliday any spousal support, the court filings reveal. The couple has been married since 2013 and have twin 10-year-old children, Vera and Vince, and a 9-year-old son, Robert. They have been legally separated since April 2022, according to court documents. Armstrong joined “RHOC” for the show’s 16th season as a main cast member for the first time and the show often focused on...
    Former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon cheered MAGA election victories and blasted the House Jan. 6th committee on the steps of a federal courthouse Wednesday while his lawyers prepared to argue inside to try to dismiss a contempt charge that could land him in jail. Bannon took a dig at the House panel, which announced yesterday it had cancelled a scheduled hearing on Wednesday which was to focus on a clash inside the Trump Justice Department. The next hearing will be Thursday after the unexplained delay. 'Look, I want to appreciate the J6 committee canceling today. You know why? Their ratings stink and they can't compete with the trial of Bannon,' he quipped.  'That's why they canceled. You know who says that? The people in the Rio Grande Valley, Hispanic Americans, who blew out the Democratic party last night,' he said. Bannon's lawyers were in court to ask a judge to dismiss a federal indictment charging him with criminal contempt He was representing Republican Mayra Flores' victory in a special election to fill a seat long held by...
    A former wrestler who strangled his ex-girlfriend and dumped her half-naked body in a duffel bag in woods before kidnapping their toddler son has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Tyler Rios, 28, who weighs about 230 pounds, admitted killing 24-year-old Yasemin Uyar last July in New Jersey with a wrestling move by putting his arm across her throat until she was strangled to death. After killing Uyar in her Rahway home on July 8, Rios fled with their two-year-old son, Sebastian Rios, and drove him to Tennessee with his mother's body in the trunk of the car. The mother and son were reported missing from their Rahway home on July 9, when Sebastian did not show up to his daycare and Uyar did not arrive for her scheduled work shift.  Sebastian was found unharmed with Rios in Monterrey, Tennessee, the next day, and Uyar's body was found in a wooded area nearby a few hours later. During the court hearing, Uyar's mother, Karen, told Judge John M. Deitch that Sebastian, now three, says he saw 'Daddy choke Mommy', reports...
    BERLIN (AP) – Germany’s highest court on Wednesday backed a far-right party’s complaint against former Chancellor Angela Merkel’s comments that the election of a state governor with the party’s support was “inexcusable” and must not be allowed to stand. The Federal Constitutional Court found that the comments, made by the then-chancellor in 2020, violated Alternative for Germany’s right to equality of opportunities. Merkel’s comments during an official visit to South Africa and later posted on her and the government´s websites, came a day after the surprise election of Thomas Kemmerich, a member of the pro-business Free Democrats, as governor of the eastern state of Thuringia. Merkel’s Party Join Forces with Populist AfD for First Time to Oust Thuringia Leftist Minister-President https://t.co/gT2AO5qvNG — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) February 6, 2020 Kemmerich narrowly defeated a left-wing incumbent after Alternative for Germany representatives in the state legislature voted for him instead of AfD’s own candidate. His election was a major embarrassment for Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union, which also had backed Kemmerich. Merkel vented her displeasure during a news conference in South Africa, saying...
    The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would extend police protection to the immediate families of Supreme Court justices. It now goes to President Joe Biden for his signature. The vote was 396 approving the measure and 27 Democrats opposed it. Those Democrats wanted to extend the protections to the families of court employees. Threats against the justices, their families and Supreme Court staff increased after Politico published a draft opinion, which if rendered by the court, would essentially repeal Roe v. Wade - the landmark case that made abortion legal in the country.  The leak of the draft opinion led to protests outside justices' houses and to a fence being errected around the Supreme Court buildng in efforts to increase security. But Democrats were unsuccessful in their attempt to add in protections for court employees. The House overwhelmingly approved a bill that would extend police protection to the immediate families of Supreme Court justices The legislation moved quickly through the House after an armed man was arrested last week near the Maryland home of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, threatening...
    The list of incredible feats the Warriors have accomplished over the last eight years is miles long. But this team’s ability to turn home court into a disadvantage for their opponents is perhaps its most impressive. We saw it manifest, yet again, on Sunday night, when the Warriors took Game 3 in the Western Conference Finals in Dallas. The reliable tropes of playoff basketball were all coming to pass in the contest. The Mavericks’ role players were playing better in front of a supporting crowd. The Warriors’ young players were struggling to stray grounded in unfamiliar territory. The referees seemed to like the team that the fans were backing. Dallas was looking good. They were in control. They also had a nine-point lead with less than four minutes to play in the second quarter. Against any other team in the NBA, that form holds, they win and this series is far more interesting. But they’re playing the Warriors, and instead of going with the script, Golden State went into halftime with the lead, the game’s momentum and, two quarters later,...
    The Turpin siblings who were freed from their abusive parents' house of horrors in Southern California have suffered a new blow with some of the adult children forced to live in miserable conditions in a run-down apartment in a crime-ridden area. Court documents that were previously sealed in the case of David and Louise Turpin  - who made headlines around the world after they were arrested for shackling and starving their 13 children for years - are slowly being released in Riverside County. The Turpin's adult children were taken to see an apartment in an undisclosed suburb by an employee for the Riverside County Public Guardian's office just months after they were freed in 2018.  A 2019 court filing by their attorney Jack Osborn said three of the siblings were 'fearful to object so they indicated that the apartment was okay with the expectation that other apartments would be viewed.' When they raised concern about the neighborhood, the agency said the lease was already signed and the only alternative would be to split them up and place them in a board and care...
    The federal government is preparing for a surge in political violence when the Supreme Court officially rules in June on the abortion case that's expected to overturn Roe v. Wade. A Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intelligence memo from May 13 that was obtained by Axios says it expects threats that were levied against Supreme Court Justices, clerks, lawmakers, clergy and health care providers are expected to increase in coming weeks. The thread, according to the declassified memo, 'are likely to persist and may increase leading up to and following the issuing of the Court's official ruling.' 'Some racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists' embrace of pro-life narratives may be linked to the perception of wanting to 'save white children' and 'fight white genocide,'' the memo states. It also warns against extreme acts from pro-abortion and pro-choice groups and individuals. The federal government is bracing for surges in political violence once the Supreme Court hands down its ruling next month that is expected to overturn Roe v. Wade. Pictured: Anti-abortion activists rally outside the Supreme Court Building on Tuesday, May...
    by Richard L. Anderson   Following the leak of a draft United States Supreme Court ruling that would overturn Roe v. Wade, the country and our Commonwealth have seen Democrat extremism on full display. They have seen the release of a draft, pre-decisional document, which is itself a threat to the judicial process. They have also seen extreme pro-abortion activists gather outside the private residences of Supreme Court Justices in Virginia, threatening their safety and that of their families. These blatant acts of intimidation go far beyond legitimate political protest and should be condemned by Republicans and Democrats alike. Since Roe v. Wade was first decided in 1973, legal scholars on both the right and the left have held that the decision has no basis in Constitutional law and was wrongly decided. For liberals, Roe is merely a mechanism for leveraging the power of the federal judiciary to produce a preferred policy outcome. For conservatives, Roe is an affront to both an originalist interpretation of the U.S. Constitution and basic human decency. With a solid 6-3 majority of originalist...
    Jill Duggar has described her father, Jim Bob Duggar, as 'controlling,' 'reactionary,' and 'verbally abusive' and said that their relationship is 'pretty toxic.' Jill, the fourth-oldest of 19 siblings, made the negative assessment in court documents including a deposition that were obtained by The Sun this week. The 30-year-old revealed that 'issues' with her family sent her to counseling, and she has had limited contact with him for years.    'I saw a whole new side to my dad once my husband and I started making decisions that were best for our family, but not in his best interest,' she said during a Preliminary Psychological Opinion by Robert Wynne. 'Sadly, I realized he had become pretty controlling, fearful, and reactionary. He was verbally abusive. Our relationship is not good. It got pretty toxic.' Jill Duggar (pictured with husband Derick) has described her father, Jim Bob Duggar, as 'controlling,' 'reactionary,' and 'verbally abusive' and said that their relationship is 'pretty toxic' Jill, the fourth-oldest of 19 siblings, made the negative assessment about her dad (pictured) in court documents including a deposition that...
    A man who was rescued from a raft off the coast of New England in 2016 after his boat sank has insisted that he is not guilty of killing his mother at sea in a plot to inherit the family's estate. Nathan Carman, 28, arrived at federal court in Rutland, Vermont on Wednesday to be arraigned on multiple fraud charges and a charge of murder on the high seas in the death of his mom Linda Carman.  He shouted 'Not guilty!' in the direction of reporters as he approached the courtroom. Authorities alleged in the indictment unsealed Tuesday that Carman also fatally shot his grandfather, John Chakalos, at his home in Windsor, Connecticut, in 2013 as part of a scheme to obtain money and property from his grandfather's estate, but he was not charged with that killing. 'As a central part of the scheme, Nathan Carman murdered John Chakalos and Linda Carman,' the indictment reads. CBS Local Boston Privacy Policy Carman is seen after his 'rescue' at sea in 2016. Prosecutors say he killed his mother and intentionally sank...
    Chuck Schumer will try to overcome a Republican filibuster Wednesday in an attempt to codify Roe v. Wade into law, but the Democratic Senate leader doesn't have the votes needed to make the landmark abortion case federal law. The attempt comes after Democrats tried to get the same bill through in February, but the measure has more urgency now that a Supreme Court leak shows a draft opinion that would overturn 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that made abortion constitutionally protected. While Democrats try to invoke culture on the Women's Health Protection Act and stop a GOP filibuster – three senators will be able to stop that effort and prevent the bill from going for a full floor vote. Moderate Democratic Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia will not support a cloture vote and already went against his party on the same abortion bill earlier this year. Democrats were hoping to sway Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine, both pro-choice, to vote with them to make up for Manchin's defecting. But it's unlikely that either,...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is warning colleagues in a new letter that Republicans will push to 'criminalize' abortion – with contraception and in vitro fertilization under threat following the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion.    'Republicans have made clear that their goal will be to seek to criminalize abortion nationwide,' Pelosi wrote in a 'Dear Colleague' letter – as Democrats are facing pressure from their own base of supporters to push back with abortion rights under threat. 'Republican state legislators across the country are already advancing extreme new laws, seeking to arrest doctors for offering reproductive care, ban abortion entirely with no exceptions, and even charge women with murder who exercise their right to choose,' Pelosi wrote. 'These draconian measures could even criminalize contraceptive care, in vitro fertilization and post-miscarriage care, dragging our nation back to a dark time decades into the past.' 'Make no mistake: once Republicans have dispensed with precedent and privacy in overturning Roe, they will take aim at additional basic human rights. At this pivotal moment, the stakes for women – and every American –...
    Personally, I think the biggest outrage in all this is that someone tricked Susan Collins. Not sure how the universe can possibly make sense anymore in light of that tectonic shift in the bedrock of consensus reality, but here we are. So we’ve all been fretting about Democratic messaging heading into the midterms. I know I have. And, hey, along comes an issue that affects, well, just about everyone in the country one way or another. Think we can make hay while the sun is still burning our beleaguered eyeballs out of our newly gobsmacked noggins? I think we can. On Monday, Politico published a leaked copy of SCOTUS’ decision to dial back the clock half a century, and now Republicans are going to have to answer some uncomfy questions heading into the midterms. Contribute now to support abortion funds providing financial assistance to people seeking abortion care. The days of Republicans hiding behind SCOTUS’ skirt are over. The ball is in their court now, and they’re going to need to start providing details on what they really stand for vis-à-vis abortion rights. Of course, Republicans have gotten a...
    The U.S. Supreme Court is seen through high fencing that was installed overnight following protests outside of the court following the leaked opinion suggesting the possibility of overturning the Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision, in Washington, May 5, 2022.Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters Federal protections for abortion rights have withstood legal challenges for nearly half a century. But a Supreme Court draft opinion, revealed this week in an extraordinary leak, shows the high court poised to strike down that longstanding precedent. The draft marks a stunning shift from a court that grew far more conservative during the Trump administration, even as Americans have broadly grown more liberal in the years since the pivotal abortion rulings in 1973's Roe v. Wade and 1992's Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Chief Justice John Roberts noted that the first draft, penned by conservative Justice Samuel Alito and reportedly circulated in February, does not represent a final decision in the case. But the early leak of an opinion that would upend nearly 50 years of precedent nevertheless represents the culmination of decades-long efforts by activists and...
    Lacey Fletcher's emaciated body was discovered partially naked, sitting upright and partly submerged in a hole in a couch in her parents' home January 3 Harrowing evidence photos revealed the full excruciating horror of Lacey Fletcher's personal hell before she died on her parents' couch caked in her own excrement in January.  The 36-year-old autistic woman had not moved from the sofa in the otherwise neat home of parents Clay and Sheila Fletcher, both 64, in the small town of Slaughter, Louisiana, for 12 years.  News of her gruesome death made headlines last week after authorities in East Feliciana Parish released a photo of the couch crater in which she lay that illustrated the gravity of her secret ordeal.  The horrific picture was one of dozens shown to a newly sworn-in grand jury on Monday in Clinton, Louisiana, during a sealed session that the media was not allowed to attend.  Now DailyMail.com has been given official access to the unseen photos and can reveal the unspeakable extent of Lacey's suffering, who vanished from public view about 15 years ago. WARNING: GRAPHIC...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — When the Supreme Court heard arguments in a major abortion case from Mississippi in December, it was clear to observers that there was substantial support among the court’s conservative majority for overruling two landmark decisions that established and reaffirmed a woman’s right to an abortion. So when a draft of the opinion in the case written by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked late Monday the potential outcome — the overruling of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey — was not the surprise. It was that the draft was leaked at all. Even before arguments in the current case, however, the justices themselves have had a lot to say about abortion over the years — in opinions, votes, Senate confirmation testimony and elsewhere. One justice, Clarence Thomas, has openly called for overruling Roe and Casey. A sampling of their comments: CHIEF JUSTICE JOHN ROBERTS Roberts voted to uphold restrictions in two major abortion cases, in the majority in 2007 to uphold a ban on a method of abortion opponents call “partial-birth abortion” and in...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Democrat and Republican politicians and their bases are fired up following the leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion that would see Roe v. Wade overturned.Justice Samuel Alito's opinion, if enacted as it was written in the leaked first draft, would entirely overturn Roe v. Wade and strip the federally recognized right to an abortion from tens of millions of women nationwide.Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the opinion draft is real, but said no final decision in the case has been made. He has ordered an investigation into the document's release.READ MORE: Chief Justice Roberts confirms authenticity of leaked court draft suggesting Roe could be overturnedPresident Joe Biden said if Roe v. Wade is overturned, other rights could be next if lawmakers don't act. And in more than a dozen states, if Roe v. Wade is overturned abortion bans will immediately take place.Illinois has a law in place, signed in 2019, that will keep abortion legal no matter what.Abortion is already a divisive political issue, though there is more consensus among the U.S. population. According to a...
    A COUPLE accused of killing their four-week-old baby boy have appeared in court today. Kayleigh Driver, 29, and Micahel Davis, 27, can be pictued for the first time after being charged with the murder of Ollie Davis at their home in Leicester.  2Kayleigh Driver and Michael Davis are accused of killing their four-week-old sonCredit: Facebook 2The pair have denied harming the tot in October 2017Credit: Facebook The pair are accused of killing the tot in October 2017, but were only charged four years later in October last year.  Davis and Driver today appeared at Leicester Crown Court for a pre-trial review ahead of their full trial later this year.  The couple have denied the murder of little Ollie, with Leicestershire Police describing the case as “complex”.  They have also denied one count of  causing/allowing the death of a child between October 9 and October 21, 2017. The couple also face two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent between October 9 and 21, 2017. Both Driver and Davis are also charged with causing/allowing a child to suffer serious physical...
    THE KARDASHIANS made sure to block Blac Chyna from using their name in her business ventures after she and Rob called off their engagement in March of 2017. The famous family recently added to the shade by filing five trademarks for her daughter Dream to launch her own brands. 5The Kardashians blocked Blac Chyna from profiting off their nameCredit: Getty 5They petitioned her request to trademark the name Angela KardashianCredit: AP But the Kardashians are no stranger to the process after previously blocking Blac Chyna, 33, from using their last name for her own career pursuits. Shortly after the model announced her engagement to her baby daddy Rob Kardashian in April of 2016, Kim, Khloé, and Kourtney Kardashian headed into a legal storm to protect their moniker. The reality star, formally known as Angela Renée White, originally filed a trademark claim to use the name Angela Kardashian by May of that year, when she was pregnant with Dream.  But despite the happy proposal, the sisters were not willing for the model to use Kardashian for her own business dealings, filing...
    Kylie Jenner revealed in court on Monday how her ex-boyfriend, rapper Tyga, once showed her a six-inch long scar on his arm he said was inflicted by reality star Blac Chyna when she attacked him with a knife. Chyna and Tyga were once engaged and share a 9-year-old son. But after they split, Kylie started dating the hip-hop star - who told her how Chyna had ‘abused’ him during their fiery relationship. ‘When we were dating he expressed to me his troubles with Chyna,’ the 24 year-old dark haired beauty told jurors at Los Angeles Superior Court. 'He showed me his arm and said Chyna had slashed him with a knife. ‘He expressed to me her abuse of alcohol and drugs. She may have been high or intoxicated the night she slashed him.’ Kylie - wearing a dark-brown satin pant suit and heavy black boots - said the scar Tyga showed her was healed and ‘maybe six inches long.’ After hearing that her brother Rob had started dating Chyna, Kylie told the court that she and Tyga went to visit Rob...
    Rabel tweeted that, "For those asking, this is 100% legit. I’m as surprised as you." "Got a NYT journalist caught in my satire today," Rabel declared. For those asking, this is 100% legit. I\u2019m as surprised as you — Jared Rabel (@Jared Rabel) 1650339777 "I’m glad I could assist, even a little bit, in undermining the credibility of the corporate press. Their depravity is coming to light more and more, which is a positive thing for the republic," Rabel tweeted on Tuesday. The federal government could potentially pursue a legal challenge in a bid to reinstate the mask mandate. "On April 13, 2022, before the district court’s decision, CDC explained that the order would remain in effect while it assessed current public health conditions, and that the Transportation Security Administration would extend its directive implementing the order until May 3 to facilitate CDC’s assessment," the U.S. Department of Justice noted in a Tuesday statement. "If CDC concludes that a mandatory order remains necessary for the public’s health after that assessment, the Department of Justice will appeal the district court’s...
    New York's electoral maps were thrown into chaos on Thursday after a judge on the state Supreme Court ordered Democrats to go back to the drawing board and work with the Republicans. The new maps were signed into law in February, as a consequence of the census - which every 10 years gives an updated view of the population, and a chance to redraw electoral districts to match. It is meant to provide a chance to rectify fluctuations in the number of residents, so that each district is as equal in population to all other congressional districts in the state. In practice, it is often a highly-contested process whereby Democrats and Republicans jostle to redraw the maps in their favor. New York is one of nine states to have independent commissions to decide the maps - the others are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, and Washington. But in New York, the independent commission became bogged down in bickering, with Democratic and Republican members unable to agree. That by default gave the Democrats — who control the governorship and...
    The younger sister of accused Sarah Lawrence cult leader Larry Ray's 'wife' broke down on the stand and wept as jurors were shown video of alleged victims in happier days, before they say they descended into prostitution, extortion and mental collapse. Yalitza Rosario, 32, testified Wednesday afternoon. She sat dry eyed when the court was shown video of her, all but catatonic, while Ray bombarded her with questions about her mental state. Yet when US Assistant Attorney Danielle Sassoon played footage of Rosario with her brother, Santos, Ray's daughter Talia, Daniel Levin and Isabelle Pollok happily enjoying the Holidays together in January 2012 she pulled her glasses from her face and wept. The Columbia graduate explained, 'I felt like I had a group of friends I didn't have [elsewhere].' Ray's Upper East Side apartment had, she said, been a 'refuge' with Ray at its center, a 'paternal figure' when she was first introduced to the group by her brother in 2011. The younger sister of Sarah Lawrence 'cult leader' Lawrence Ray's 'wife' Felicia Rosario broke down on the stand today.  Yalitza...
    A teenage TikTok star whose father shot dead an 18-year-old stalker when he turned up at the family's Florida home armed with a shotgun has had a stalking case she brought against another boy thrown out of court. Ava Majury, 15, appeared in a Naples court on Monday for a hearing in her stalking case against the classmate, whose age and name were not revealed. She claimed the boy had been following her around school and communicating with the 18-year-old stalker. The boy insisted he was trying to help her and warn her about the other obsessive fan, Eric Justin. Majury was seeking a personal protection order against the classmate, and on Monday told the court she had dropped out of school and suffered from nightmares. 'What she loves - what she needs more than anything as a teenager - is to be in school with her friends playing soccer,' said Lanny Davis, Majury's lawyer. 'Yet the fear proven is that she stayed home, because she feared.' Ava Majury is seen in court in Naples, Florida on Monday for a hearing...
    Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary. CROM CARMICHAEL: Michael, I’ve watched many of the clips of the hearings for Judge Ketanji Jackson. But what’s also interesting about this question about the fact that she’s unable to define a woman is that Senator Blackburn in her opening statement the day before, really made it very clear what Senator Blackburn’s interests were about Title IX and a whole bunch of other things. And so the question itself should not have come as a surprise. Senator Blackburn, I think, was completely taken aback by the answer and the nation ought to be completely taken aback, and women. I have a granddaughter who is a girl. I have another who’s in her teens playing high school volleyball. I have another grandbaby who’s a girl. And I want my female grandchildren’s rights to be protected. And...
    The 26-year-old event planner who shoved an 87-year-old Broadway singing coach to her death was indicted on Friday and bailed out by her parents, both of whom may also face criminal charges after they allegedly helped her hide out at their Long Island home for two weeks. Lauren Pazienza was charged with one count of first degree manslaughter and two counts of second degree assault after she allegedly pushed Barbara Gustern, 87, to the ground in the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea on March 10. She did not have to appear in court for the indictment, and DailyMail.com understands that she was bailed out of Rikers Island by her parents, cesspool mogul Daniel and Caroline Pazienza, on Friday morning.  Pazienza has been locked up in prison on $500,000 cash bail over a $1 million bond since surrendering to police on Tuesday.  The parents may also face charges if prosecutors can prove they actively helped Pazienza hide from police, The Sun reported.  'If it could be shown that they knew she was wanted by the police and voluntarily assisted her,' Columbia law professor and CNN...