US judge blocks Texas law that would end straight-ticket voting
AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge on Friday ordered Texas officials to allow straight-ticket voting for the Nov. 3 election, ruling that a state law ending the practice would endanger voters by causing longer lines at polling places during the pandemic.The ruling, coming only 18 days before early voting was set to begin, will cause problems for election officials who must reprogram voting machine software and reconfigure ballots, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo acknowledged in her ruling.“The substantial injury to (voters) is outweighed by the inconvenience,” the Laredo judge wrote.G...
Florida judge on Trump short list helped give GOP key legal win. Should she have recused?
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Barbara Lagoa, the daughter of Cuban exiles in Miami who has rocketed onto the president’s short list for the U.S. Supreme Court, has earned a reputation as a conservative jurist with solid credentials who tends to side with business and government in her rulings and believes courts should stick to the plain meaning of the law.But perhaps the most divisive decision in her 15 years as a judge was voting as a new member of the federal appeals court in Atlanta, which recently handed the Republicans and President Donald Trump a political gift: Lagoa joined the majority in a 6-4...
Muckraker's fight to unseal FBI files on Jeffrey Epstein kept alive by judge
WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Tuesday kept alive a citizen muckraker’s quest to pry loose for the public’s benefit tens of thousands of FBI documents about disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, including his time as a government informant.Self-styled public information crusader Angela Clemente sued in May, seeking to force the FBI to release the documents on the grounds that Epstein is now dead, albeit under mysterious circumstances, and that there is an overarching public interest in releasing documents. The Justice Department, representing the FBI, is fighting the effort.In a status hearing...
Hong Kong gov’t says security law does not affect judicial independence after Australian judge resigns from top court
Hong Kong’s government has said the national security law does not affect the city’s judicial independence after an Australian judge resigned from the local top court earlier this month, citing unspecified reasons related to the Beijing-imposed legislation.On Friday, Chief Executive Carrie Lam revoked of the appointment of Justice James Spigelman as a judge from another common law jurisdiction in the Court of Final Appeal (CFA), with effect from September 2.The distinguished judge told Australia’s national broadcaster that his resignation was linked to reasons “related to the content of the na...
Hong Kong Free Press
WeChat ban blocked by judge
TikTok Photo: VCGIn a defiant move against US President Donald Trump's executive order, bans on two Chinese apps -TikTok and WeChat - which were supposed to take effect on Sunday, have been either suspended or delayed.Industry observers said the latest development has been an inspiring sign for Chinese firms against the backdrop of a simmering China-US tech war, offering insights for other embattled Chinese firms on how they could "fight" against the US government to achieve a best-case scenario.In a stark turnabout from a tough tone on TikTok ahead of a forced sale of its US operations, US Pr...
Study finds 6‐year‐old children, but not 4‐year‐olds, judge individuals wearing glasses as more intelligent
A major component in childhood development is absorbing information from the world around us and a recent study in Developmental Science finds that 6 years old may be the age when children start to develop first impressions from cultural stereotypes.“Overall, findings that may initially appear to favour a nativist account of first impressions are, in reality, equally compatible with a learning account. On balance, we argue that the available evidence favours the view that first impressions from faces are acquired through experience.”The study sought to find whether cultural first impressions c...
Living with Children: Struggling with a 'buddy-dad'
Q: My 13-year-old son’s grades and overall respect for me and other adults – teachers, in particular – began going downhill last year (eighth grade), even before the shutdown. He began school this year with the same attitude, if not worse. In response, I have taken away most of his privileges, including his phone and video game. When we divorced four years ago, the judge ruled for split custody, so he spends three or four nights a week with his dad. That, unfortunately, is the problem. His father strives to be what you refer to as a “buddy-dad” and will enforce no rules. When he’s with his dad...
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US judge calls Pennsylvania virus restrictions 'unconstitutional'
New York (AFP) - A federal judge in Pennsylvania ruled Monday that orders by the state's Democratic governor to shut down businesses and limit gatherings to tackle Covid-19 were "unconstitutional."The lockdown measures, announced at the start of the coronavirus in March, were challenged in court by several Republican lawmakers and small business owners, including the proprietor of a hair salon and of a racehorse stable, who said the restrictions put their enterprises at risk.Judge William Stickman ruled in their favor, and said that even if the governor acted with "good intention of addressing...
Jurists, Others Honour Abuja’s Late Justice Okeke
Judges and lawyers have paid tribute to late judge of the FCT High Court, Justice Jude Okeke, who died on August 4 after a brief illness. He was aged 64.The night of tributes ceremony and the valedictory session took place at the Ecumenical Centre and the FCT High Court in Abuja respectively.The ceremonies had Justices of the various divisions of the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, Federal High Court and the FCT High Court.Speaking at the valedictory session, the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Justice Ishaq Bello, described late Justice Okeke as a team player who carried others along i...
I regret nothing, says advocate who called judge stupid and nonsensical
Johannesburg - An advocate who labelled a judge stupid and nonsensical during proceedings has angrily told lawyers shocked by his utterances that he regrets nothing.Rembuluwani Gadabeni, who described himself as a young advocate, burst out at the Thohoyandou High Court over a week ago and hurled insults at Limpopo division acting Deputy Judge President Frans Kgomo.The Star can reveal that Gadabeni could soon face misconduct charges from the Legal Practice Council (LPC), the profession regulator.Said LPC spokesperson Sithembiso Mnision Sunday: “The matter was brought into our attention and has ...