(Washington, DC-AP) — The Supreme Court is striking down part of an Indiana abortion law signed by then-Governor Mike Pence. Today, the High Court affirmed the lower court ruling that invalidated part of the law that prohibited abortion because of the gender, race or disability of the fetus, such as Down syndrome.
The Supreme Court did uphold a portion of the law that required the fetal remains from abortions be buried or cremated. Pence signed the bill into law three months before then-candidate Donald Trump selected him to be his running mate in 2016.
(Washington, DC – AP) — The Supreme Court is upholding a Pennsylvania school district policy that allows transgender students to use the bathroom matching their gender identity. Today, the High Court turned down an appeal from students who are concerned they may encounter transgender students who are not fully clothed.
The students argued in their appeal that the policy violated their right to privacy under the 14th Amendment and Title Nine. The transgender bathroom policy was put in place during the Obama Administration.
(Washington, DC) – With time winding down on a final vote for Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation, thousands of people to took the streets outside of the the Federal Courthouse to protest against Brett’s appointment to be the next judge to take a seat in the high court. They then made their way to the Supreme Court Building and the Senate office buildings.
After several sexual assault allegations and charges of being a belligerent drunk came to light in the days leading up to the Senate vote, many say Kavanaugh isn’t fit to be the next Supreme Court Judge and the people of American aren’t sitting by without voicing their opinions about.
More than 300 people including celebrities Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski were arrested during the protest in the atrium of the Hart Senate office building.
Meanwhile, all eyes are on two female Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Their votes are critical in. Republicans hold a small 51-49 majority so there’s no room for defection.
(Washington, DC-AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he believes the judiciary has the authority to check the power of the President. The federal court judge dodged questions about President Trump’s criticism of the judicial system.
Kavanaugh also denied having any conversations about special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation with the law firm that has represented Trump. The denial came during a heated exchange between Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California. Democrats also pressed Kavanaugh over newly-released emails focusing on his views on racial issues and abortion.
Democrats began releasing documents today from Kavanaugh ‘s years working for the White House under President George W. Bush. The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Republican leadership had earlier decided not to make the emails public.
(Hartford, CT) – The Connecticut Supreme Court is overturning Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s 2002 murder conviction. The court ruled Skakel’s trial lawyer was so ineffective that his right to a fair trial was violated and has ordered a new trial.Skakel has been free since late 2013, while the court considered the latest appeal. Skakel was convicted in the 1975 murder of Greenwich teen Martha Moxley.
Skakel was sentenced to 20-years-to-life, but was granted a new trial almost five years ago.
(Philadelphia, PA) – Rapper Meek Mill is now a free man. He was released from a Philadelphia prison Tuesday and went straight to a playoff basketball game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat.
He was picked up in a helicopter for the game by 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin. Mill’s immediate release was ordered by a Philadelphia Supreme Court following support from the Philadelphia DA for a new trial based on his arresting officer being an alleged dirty cop.
He wrote on Twitter he now plans to work with his legal team to have his conviction overturned, and to resume his music career.