N1.4bn debt: Benue govt prays Supreme Court to stay execution
The Benue State government has prayed the Supreme Court to stay the execution of the judgment of the National Industrial Court directing the seizure of N1.4bn worth of her assets in a garnish proceedings initiated by 211 aggrieved employees of the state.Other applicants seeking a similar order from the apex court are the state Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Taraku Mills and the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice.The applicants are further seeking an order staying action on the garnishee order absolute by the National Industrial Court, pending the determination of the final...
Mortal threat to freedoms
At long last, the Supreme Court is set to hold a preliminary conference on Nov. 26 in preparation for the long-awaited oral arguments on petitions assailing the legality of Republic Act No. 11479, or the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020. To date, it has become the most-challenged law in the country, with 37 petitions filed against it by various groups, including some of the best legal minds in the land.The petitioners have long waited for the day of reckoning for the law that many deem a mortal threat to freedoms enshrined in the Constitution. They uniformly question the vague and broad definition o...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
Akbayan loses bid to intervene in Manila Bay dolomite case
The Supreme Court has not yet found any violation of its continuing mandamus for government agencies led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to rehabilitate Manila Bay.In a statement from its Public Information Office, the high court, during its Tuesday’s en banc (full court) session, has denied the bid of Akbayan party-list to intervene in the case and cite the DENR for dumping crushed dolomite rocks along a stretch of the water body to create an artificial white sand beach.“The Court held that it has not yet found any violation of the continuing mandamus amidst the ...
Philippines Daily Inquirer
Bayelsa guber: S/Court dismisses suit against Diri’s election
The Supreme Court on Wednesday, dismissed suit against the election Douye Diri as the dully elected governor of Bayelsa state.The Supreme Court in a unanimous judgement, dismissed the six appeals which sought to nullify the election of Governor Douye Diri and his deputy, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.The appeals had earlier been withdrawn by counsel to the appellants.The applicants that withdrew their appeals on Wednesday were the Advanced Nigeria Democratic Party (ANDP), Alliance for Democracy (AD), its governoship candidate, Owei Woniwei, Liberation Movement(LM), its candidate, Vijah Opuama, as well ...
Rudy Giuliani and Trump's last-stand push to overturn Pa.'s election results get a frosty reception in court
PHILADELPHIA — Seeking to inject some star power into his foundering legal effort to invalidate Pennsylvania’s election results, President Donald Trump handed the case to Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday. But rather than salvage it, the former New York mayor found himself grilled for hours by a skeptical federal judge over his unsupported claims of a conspiracy to steal the election.During a five-hour hearing in Williamsport, U.S. District Judge Matthew Brann appeared mystified as Giuliani asserted without evidence that a “Mafia-like” cabal of Democratic leaders in cities nationwide used mail ballots ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Supreme Court declines to order virus safety steps for vulnerable Texas inmates
AUSTIN, Texas — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to order Texas officials to beef up safety measures at a Southeast Texas prison where 20 inmates have died from COVID-19.Two at-risk inmates at the Wallace Pack Unit, which houses geriatric and medically vulnerable prisoners, asked the high court to reinstate a trial judge’s September order requiring safety steps that included disinfecting common areas, providing inmates with cleaning supplies, conducting weekly testing and enforcing social distancing and a face mask mandate.The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay blocking the ...
Supreme Court Indicates It’s Unlikely To Strike Down Affordable Care Act In Latest Hearing
The Supreme Court appears poised to uphold the Obama-era Affordable Care Act once again — this time with a solid 6-3 conservative majority, following Amy Coney Barrett‘s appointment to the court.The court’s decision is expected later this term.The court heard arguments from more than a dozen GOP-dominated states on Tuesday, who argued that because a 2017 tax-cut caused one provision of the ACA to be unconstitutional, and thus the whole law should be struck down.The law’s challengers argue that the original requirement of creating a tax penalty for noncompliance in purchasing insurance, which w...
Editorial: The law must stand: With our without the individual mandate, the Affordable Care Act must remain on the books
With Justice Amy Coney Barrett joining its ranks, the Supreme Court now includes six self-declared conservative jurists who purport to abhor legislating from the bench. A mockery will be made of those claims today if that new supermajority seeks to invalidate the entire Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress in 2010, because Congress removed one of its components in 2017.Obamacare is gargantuan and complex. It sets up health insurance marketplaces for the self-employed, authorizes subsidies to make that insurance more affordable, encourages states to expand Medicaid, prevents insurers from di...
New York Daily News
A Case For 2020 Electoral Act
The last time an amendment was made to the laws governing elections in Nigeria was in 2010. From that period up until now, several issues and problems arising from the conduct of elections make an amendment of the subsisting law even more imperative. From Imo State where the majority of the people feel that the Supreme Court imposed on them a governor they never elected, to Zamfara and Bayelsa, where candidates who were actually defeated on election day now preside as governors, there are genuine reasons for the renewed agitations and calls for the amendment of the Electoral Act to make outcom...
Supreme Court inclined to save Obamacare as Covid-19 pandemic widens
Washington (AFP) - The US Supreme Court appeared inclined Tuesday to reject Trump administration arguments and let stand former president Barack Obama's signature health care program, ending the threat to the insurance coverage of 20 million people in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.At least five of the nine justices appeared unreceptive to the lawsuit arguing that the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional because of legal questions over consumer penalties -- penalties already neutered by legislation.Those five included Chief Justice John Roberts and Brett Kavanaugh, conservativ...