Georgia's governor to Trump: State law blocks him from 'interfering' in elections
ATLANTA — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s office responded Monday to President Donald Trump’s demands to help him overturn the state’s election results with a reminder that Georgia law “prohibits the governor from interfering in the election.”The Georgia Republican has become a favorite target of Trump, who said Sunday he was “ashamed” that he endorsed him in 2018 and tweeted Monday that the “hapless” governor should use nonexistent “emergency powers.”“Georgia law prohibits the governor from interfering in elections. The Secretary of State, who is an elected constitutional officer, has oversight ove...
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John M. Crisp: Trump's legacy persists on the Supreme Court
How long Trump’s legacy outlasts President Donald Trump remains to be seen, but it appeared to be healthy and durable last week in a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling.The case was Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn v. Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of New York. The diocese sought “injunctive relief” from the governor’s executive order limiting attendance at religious services during the pandemic. Cuomo had established color-coded zones — red, orange, yellow — to indicate infection levels and imposed attendance restrictions accordingly, a maximum of 10 congregants in red zones and 25 in orange zones.The appl...
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Pennsylvania Supreme Court tosses GOP congressman's suit seeking to throw out all ballots cast by mail
PHILADELPHIA — The final remaining legal challenge to Pennsylvania’s election results was tossed Saturday by the state’s highest court, which balked at a request from one of President Donald Trump’s top boosters in Congress to disenfranchise 2.6 million voters by throwing out every ballot cast by mail.In a unanimous decision, the justices declared that U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., had waited too long to bring his lawsuit seeking to overturn the 2019 law that created no-excuse mail voting in for the first time the state and they declared the remedy he sought too extreme.Had Kelly and the suit’s...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Federal appeals court rejects Trump's last significant challenge to Pa. election
PHILADELPHIA — A federal appeals court on Friday roundly rejected President Donald Trump’s last remaining legal challenge to Pennsylvania’s election results, calling it “light on facts” and “breathtaking” in the presumptuousness of its request to disenfranchise millions of voters in the state.And yet, once again, Trump’s lawyers tried to spin a victory out of another loss in court, saying the ruling sets the case up for the venue at which they’ve always wanted it to be heard: the U.S. Supreme Court.Circuit Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee who authored the decision for the three-judge p...
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Editorial: Of prayers and plagues: What the Supreme Court got wrong about Gov. Cuomo's COVID restrictions
The unsigned opinion by the nation’s highest court got it wrong, insisting that restrictions placed on religious gatherings imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in New York’s COVID hot spots must be nullified, for they violate the First Amendment.The dissent by the Bronx’s Sonia Sotomayor got it right. The rules, capping gatherings at 10 people or less, are actually more generous for faith-based institutions than for any other type: “New York treats houses of worship far more favorably than their secular comparators.” How on Earth can that be an offense to the guaranteed freedom to exercise religion? ...
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Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert freed from Iranian jail in prisoner swap
Kylie Moore-Gilbert after her release from prison in Iran – Screenshot SBS News video November, 20 2020.The release of British-Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert after over 800 days in an Iranian prison has been greeted with joy and relief in Australia and internationally. Her release came as part of an exchange for three Iranian prisoners.Dr. Moore-Gilbert had been held in Iranian prisons for alleged spying since September 2018. Reports circulated that Moore-Gilbert was detained and charged with spying for Israel after Iran learned of her relationship with an Israeli citizen.The Universi...
Appellate ruling scraps conversion therapy bans in cities across Florida
MIAMI — As a result of a federal appeals court ruling that struck down laws in Palm Beach County banning LGBTQ conversion therapy, other Florida municipalities with similar laws can no longer enforce such bans on therapies that attempt to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity.That’s according to attorney Rob Rosenwald of the city of Miami Beach, which in 2016 became the first city in Florida to pass a law banning licensed medical providers from practicing conversion therapy on a child.The two laws struck down by a panel of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, in Palm Beach Count...
Supreme Court may decide Austin billboard battle
AUSTIN, Texas — A three-year legal battle involving Austin’s ban on digital advertising on commercial billboards appears to be headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, an escalation by the city that could have rippling consequences throughout Texas and two other states.Austin is among roughly 90% of cities in Texas that prohibit digital billboards anywhere except for on the premises of the business being advertised. The prohibition is aimed at protecting the aesthetics of the city’s skyline and keeping motorists from being distracted by rotating advertisements for such things as whiskey brands and pe...
Hong Kong pro-democracy trio defiant in face of upcoming jail sentence
Agnes Chow, Ivan Lam and Joshua Wong. Image from HKFP. Used with permission.On November 23, Hong Kong pro-democracy activists Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow and Ivan Lam were remanded in custody after pleading guilty to charges of inciting and organizing an unlawful protest in June 2019.The protest in question took place at the beginning of the anti-China extradition movement when the demonstrations were largely peaceful. The charge carries a penalty of a maximum of five years in prison. A court is expected to hand out sentences on December 2.The trio, all former members of the now-disbanded politica...
Georgia Trump supporters fight on in court
ATLANTA — Supporters of Donald Trump’s effort to overturn the results of the presidential election in Georgia say they have filed a federal lawsuit that accuses top state officials of abetting voter fraud.The lawsuit says Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger rushed to buy new election software that played a big role in a scheme “illegally and fraudulently manipulating the vote count to make certain the election of Joe Biden as president of the United States.”A separate lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Fulton County Superior Court, also seeks to overturn the presidential electio...
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