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    A teen accused of attacking an NYPD cop while free on bail asked a judge if he could press charges during a court appearance. The 16 year-old, who isn't being named, asked Judge Althea Drysdale if he could file charges during a court appearance in Manhattan Tuesday. But his response to a question about what accusations he'd like to make was inaudible. Tuesday's court hearing saw the teen respond 'Yes, your honor' to every question he was previously asked.   And NYC Mayor Eric Adams said the decision to free the boy on bail again had reduced Big Apple to a national 'laughingstock' over what critics say are woke bail laws that prioritize the wellbeing of suspects over crime victims.    The boy has now been released to a family center in Brooklyn, although he will be free to roam during the day, and summoned back each evening for a curfew.   Horrifying footage showed the 16-year-old punching the cop in the head before grabbing him around the neck and slamming him repeatedly into metal railings on Saturday. The teen was previously arrested...
    A Congressional hearing on abortion access grew heated on Wednesday when  Republican Rep. Mike Johnson of Louisiana demanded a gynecologist give her stance on performing the procedure when an infant is 'halfway out of the birth canal.' The House Judiciary Committee is hearing from a panel of experts including Dr. Yashica Robinson, a board-certified OB-GYN and a board member with Physicians for Reproductive Health, as tensions mount over the Supreme Court potentially overturning the landmark 1973 decision Roe v. Wade. It was suggested the high court's conservative supermajority is poised to overturn federal abortion protections granted in the case, according to a leaked draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito. During the hearing Johnson prefaced his question to Robinson, the only medical doctor on the panel, by saying she would 'clearly support the right to abort a 20 week old unborn child.' 'So I would love for you to explain to us, in your medical opinion, at what point in pregnancy should having an abortion no longer be an option?' the conservative asked. Robinson explained that 'every pregnancy is unique and...
    To the Honorable Clarence Thomas, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States: Dear Sir: Have you ever met your wife? Yes, it’s an impudent question, but it seems justified by the speech you gave Friday at a judicial conference in Atlanta and a question-and-answer session that followed. In an obvious reference to the bombshell leak of a draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, you bemoaned that institutions are being “bullied” and said the judiciary is threatened if people are unwilling to “live with outcomes we don’t agree with.” You said this despite the fact that your bride of 35 years, conservative activist Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, made headlines earlier this year when it was revealed she schemed with the Trump White House to keep him in power despite his election defeat. She echoed his baseless claims of fraud and even joined the Jan. 6 mob that rallied to overturn the election, though she claims she broke off from them before they stormed the U.S. Capitol. Mrs. Thomas, then, it might fairly be said, is a poster child for...
    Neil W. McCabe, the national political editor of The Star News Network, reports on how during the 2006 confirmation hearings for then-Judge Samuel Alito, then-Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., suggested to Alito that he would be in his rights to engineer the overturn of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, regardless of concerns for precedence – if he had the votes. TRANSCRIPT McCabe: When Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito drafted his majority opinion for the Dobbs v. Jackson women’s health case regarding the Mississippi law banning abortions after the 15th week, the high court was playing out a scenario first presented by then Delaware Democratic Senator Joe Biden to then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Samuel Alito during Alito’s 2006 confirmation hearings. Critical to those hearings then was Stare Decisis, a legal principle that binds present courts to previous court rulings. The issue in Dobbs is that supporting the Mississippi law would mean reversing the high court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which established a constitutional abortion right Jackson women’s health advocate Julie Rickelman told the justices stare decisis was the...
    “The GOP is going to overturn Roe v. Wade, and that’s only the beginning.” When I pitched a column with that headline last week to my editor, I didn’t anticipate we’d read an unprecedented leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion that would explicitly overrule a woman’s right to abortion—something that’s been “settled precedent” for half a century. Well, here we are now, thanks to a fully radicalized right-wing movement engaged in a zero-sum absolutist game to attain minority rule for white Christian men by any means necessary. Next month, the Supreme Court will finally rule in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, regarding a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. A similar law was recently passed in Florida which was in part inspired by the Texas heartbeat bill that has spawned draconian copycat bills across the nation. If the Court upholds the law, and overturns Roe and Planned Parenthood vs. Casey, which affirmed that the state is prohibited from banning most abortions, the ruling will allow its right-wing majority to zero in on marriage...
    Donald Trump has lashed out at Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, criticizing her refusal to define the word 'woman' during Senate confirmation hearings. Speaking at a rally in Commerce, Georgia on Saturday night, Trump seized on the hot-button issue, which has generated controversy in the wake of transgender swimmer Lia Thomas' NCAA title.  'The left has become so extreme that we now have a justice being nominated to the Supreme Court who testified under oath that she could not say what a woman is,' said Trump.  'If she can't even say what a woman is. How on earth can she be trusted to say what the Constitution is?'  Donald Trump has lashed out at Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson, criticizing her refusal to define the word 'woman' during Senate confirmation hearings 'A party that's unwilling to admit that men and women are biologically different, in defiance of all scientific and human history, is a party that should not be anywhere near the levers of power,' added Trump.  During Senate hearings this week, Jackson repeatedly refused to define 'woman' under...
    Lawyers for Novak Djokovic will make a last-ditch bid for the world No. 1 to stay in Australia by hitting Immigration Minister Alex Hawke with a new argument when the blockbuster case goes before the Federal Court on Sunday. A final ruling on whether the unvaccinated tennis star can play in Monday's Australian Open is almost certain to be made by the court, after the Serbian had his visa cancelled for a second time on the grounds his participation in the tournament would 'foster anti-vaccination sentiment'. But the 34-year-old's crack legal team have a plan to demolish Immigration Minister Alex Hawke's decision by arguing there is no legal basis for the Minister to determine if Djokovic has a 'well-known stance on vaccination'. They say Mr Hawke's ruling was made based on comments the 20-time Grand Slam winner made in 2020 and that there was no attempt by the government to seek his current views on Covid vaccinations. Top Silk Nicholas Wood SC will also make the case that the government has 'cited no evidence' that Djokovic will rile up the...
    Novak Djokovic's final attempt to overturn his visa cancellation and stay in Melbourne to compete in the Australian Open has been delayed after an expired link to broadcast the hearing was hijacked with pornographic pictures.       The tennis champion has been detained in a Melbourne hotel used to house refugees since his unsuccessful bid to enter Australia last Wednesday, where he was denied entry on the basis he was unvaccinated and did not have a valid exemption.  On Monday morning, Federal Court Judge Anthony Kelly held off on proceedings after technical disruptions prohibited any parties from tuning in. The appeal is being held remotely via an audio visual link. Djokovic is not expected to tune in for the hearing and remains in the Park Hotel where he's spent the last five days.   The court initially issued a Microsoft teams link to livestream, but later updated the advice with a new website to watch proceedings. Minutes before the case was set to begin, the initial link was overrun by members of the Serbian public and foreign press and at one...
    From his faux Resolute Desk at Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump can still wield a wrecking ball that damages the congressional investigation of the insurrection—even if he loses his ongoing battle in the nation’s highest courts. Lawyers widely expect Trump will, indeed, fail at his attempt to assert “residual” executive privilege to keep damning documents shielded from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. But constitutional scholars warn that judges appear poised to give him a slight opening that could severely delay congressional investigators and give resistant witnesses legal ammunition in their own court fights. The potential delays matter even more now that tight-lipped Trump loyalists are stacking up, with news in recent days that former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and ex-Assistant Attorney General Jeff Clark have put themselves on the same “contempt of Congress” path of martyrdom as Steve Bannon for relying on the ghost of Trump’s executive privilege to defy subpoenas and refuse to testify. The fate of all their cases essentially rests on what happens in Trump’s Republic-shaking battle of power, legal...
    Abortion justice advocates rally at the Supreme Court in 2020. In yet another week without a Supreme Court decision on Texas’ six-week abortion ban, SB 8, abortion justice advocates aren’t taking our eyes off the ball just yet. Tomorrow, Dec. 1, the court will hear arguments regarding a Mississippi 15-week abortion ban in a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. Lower courts prohibited the ban from going into effect, but the Supreme Court decided to accept the case and will consider “whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortion are unconstitutional.” This is the kind of case abortion providers, funds, and advocates have been warning us of for years, trying to get through to the Susan Collinses of the world who believe extremist right-wing Supreme Court justices will automatically respect precedent. The alarming truth is that this case has the potential to drastically change the landscape of abortion access in the U.S. as we know it. Despite a large swath of the country already being in a post-Roe environment, the reality is that it can get much, much worse. No matter what...
    A report out of Chicago last week about a judge ordering a mother to temporarily lose custody of her son for refusing to get the COVID-19  vaccine — and then reversing his decision — has some parents questioning the possibility of such a ruling. Rebecca Firlit told FOX 32 Chicago last week that Cook County Judge James Shapiro revoked all of her parenting time with her son until she gets vaccinated. "He was placing his views on me. And taking my son away from me," Firlit said of Shapiro. Firlit, who has reportedly been divorced for seven years and shares custody of her son with her ex-husband, said she does not want to get the vaccine due to previous adverse reactions to vaccines, according to FOX 32. Shapiro, however, reversed his decision on Monday after it gained traction in the media, leaving some parents wondering whether it is possible for parents to lose custody of their children if they refuse to get the vaccine. Rebecca Firlit and her son (Credit: FOX 32 Chicago) Fox News spoke to...
    The Supreme Court didn’t always have nine justices, and that number is not set in the Constitution. The number of justices has been changed on multiple occasions throughout our nation’s history, each time for a similarly partisan reason—namely to give one party more influence over the court’s membership. And the first back and forth over the number of justices was a struggle between two of our most prominent Founding Father presidents. Let me lay out a scenario: On Election Day, let’s say the American people defeat an incumbent president, and give control over both houses of Congress to the party of the president-elect. In a lame-duck act that completely contradicts the very recently expressed will of the people, the incumbent’s party then takes action clearly designed to limit the incoming president’s ability to shape the Supreme Court going forward. Shortly after inauguration, the new president and his party take steps to reverse that action, steps that include changing the number of seats on the Supreme Court. This may seem like a prediction of what might happen in the coming...
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, following the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, September 18, stressed that if President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are determined to ram a far-right extremist through the Senate, everything will be on the table for Democrats — and one possibility that is being discussed is packing the Court. Journalist Matthew S. Schwartz discusses that possibility on National Public Radio’s website, drawing on the insights of legal and constitutional scholars. The last time Democrats tried to pack the Supreme Court by increasing the number of justices was during the 1930s under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was frustrated that some of the more conservative justices were hostile to his New Deal. Ultimately, FDR and other Democrats of the 1930s abandoned that idea, although some historians believe that the threat of adding more justices to the High Court scared some right-wing justices into being more New Deal-friendly. Congress, under the U.S. Constitution, is free to increase or decrease the number of Supreme Court Justices. Throughout most of U.S....
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