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supreme court strikes down north carolina gerrymandering

North Carolina Republican leaders may be radicalized to an alarming degree, but they’re also competent enough to achieve their goals. It’s not easy, for example, to take a state where voters are roughly divided evenly between the parties, and then draw the congressional district lines so that Republicans hold 10 of the state’s 13 seats, turning roughly 50% of the vote into 77% of the power.That is, however, precisely what GOP officials in North Carolina did in one of the most ridiculous contemporary examples of gerrymandering in the country. It’s also a map that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down yesterday as illegal.The full ruling in Cooper v. Harris is online here. Note that the majority included the court’s four center-left jurists – Kagan, Sotomayor, Ginsburg, and Breyer – who were un

presstv-us court rejects district maps in n carolina

The US Supreme Court has rejected two congressional district maps in the state of North Carolina, saying Republican legislators illegally used race to draw up the boundaries. The top court ruled on Monday that the maps for two of the North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts were predominantly racial and the state had failed to offer a compelling justification.The court stated that the redrawn electoral boundaries had deliberately targeted minority voters to diminish their political power, arguing that Republicans who controlled the state legislature and governor office in 2011 placed too many African-Americans in two districts with the aim to dilute the strength of voters.Calling the move "a watershed moment in the fight to end racial gerrymandering," former attorney general Eric Holder

the supreme court finds north carolina's racial gerrymandering unconstitutional

The justices end a six-year fight over 2011 congressional maps that diluted black voting strength in the state.

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NBC’s Pete Williams reports on the Supreme Court’s refusal to consider an appeal to a 2013 North Carolina voter ID law, one of the strictest in the country.

north carolina gop files bill voiding same-sex marriage

Three Republican lawmakers have filed a bill seeking to outlaw same-sex marriage within North Carolina.House Bill 780, otherwise known as the “Uphold Historical Marriage Act," says the United States Supreme Court "overstepped its constitutional bounds" when it negated an amendment of North Carolina's constitution in its 2015 landmark Obergefell v. Hodges case that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.If passed, North Carolina's new bill would invalidate same-sex marriage, reportedly including marriages that have already been officiated — both in and out of the state — despite the Supreme Court's ruling.The bill's main sponsors are Reps. Larry Pittman, Michael Speciale, and Carl Ford, who in the filed bill cite a 61% affirmative vote for Article 14, Section 6 of the state's constitution t

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the supreme court could soon decide if you have a right to facebook

A registered sex offender argues that North Carolina's law keeping him off Facebook and other sites violates his First Amendment rights. The post The Supreme Court Could Soon Decide if You Have a Right to Facebook appeared first on WIRED.

supreme court discusses sex offender's social media ban

Packingham's lawyer David Goldberg argues that the ban covers "vast swaths" of core First Amendment speech, even parts that have nothing to do with preventing child abuse. He agrees that social media ban as a condition of parole is reasonable, but a lifetime ban is a denial of free speech. Goldberg's argument has led to the discussion of whether it's possible to live these days without Facebook or Twitter, especially since numerous politicians use them religiously. "This has become a crucially important channel of political communication," Justice Elena Kagan said. She reasoned that under North Carolina's social media ban "a person couldn't go onto those sites and find out what these members of our government are thinking or saying or doing." The justices also questioned the North Carolina

north carolina's voter id law is defeated, for now

The Supreme Court declined to review the law that lower courts found to be discriminatory, but made no judgment on the merits of the policy.

hitler was like abraham lincoln, lawmaker larry pittman says

A North Carolina Republican lawmaker is under fire after comparing Abraham Lincoln to Adolf Hitler in a Facebook comment.Larry Pitmann, a representative in the North Carolina General Assembly, said Lincoln was the "same sort of tyrant as" the Nazi dictator, who was responsible for the deaths of millions.Pittman, was responding to comments on Facebook criticizing him for introducing a bill in the North Carolina legislature that would render the Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage inapplicable in his state."You aren't fit to hold public office in the United States of America if you don't respect the Supreme Court and the Constitution," one Facebook user wrote. Pittman replied, "And if Hitler had won, should the world just get over it? Lincoln was the same sort if tyrant, and

court may strike law barring sex offenders from social media

The Supreme Court appears likely to strike down a North Carolina law that prohibits sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networking sites.
At least five justices suggested during argument Monday they would rule for North Carolina resident Lester Packingham Jr. He was convicted of violating a 2008 law aimed at keeping sex offenders off internet sites children might use. Packingham used Facebook to boast about beating a traffic ticket.Justice Elena Kagan pointed out that the law is so broad it also prevents people from reading the Twitter accounts of President Donald Trump, all 50 governors and members of Congress.The state's lawyer said the law deals with the virtual world in the same way that states keep sex offenders out of playgrounds and other places children visit.
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Police deploy at scene of explosion in Manchester, England, on May 23, 2017 at a concert. (Photo by AFP)Here is a brief look at Press TV newsroom's headlines from 01:00 GMT to 17:00 GMT, May 23, 2017.Manchester Arena IncidentBritish police have confirmed nineteen fatalities and several injuries after reports of an explosion in the city of Manchester. The police say they are treating the reported explosion as a terrorist incident. According to witness accounts, a huge bang was heard after explosion at a music concert at the Manchester Arena, causing panic and sudden rush in big crowd. Meanwhile, people have been warned to stay away from the Arena while investigation is underway. The police have also surrounded the Victoria train station while blocking off many roads. Videos posted on social

final four: north carolina beat gonzaga to win ncaa title

Justin Jackson #44 of the North Carolina Tar Heels dunks late in the second half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship on April 3, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  NCAA Photos/Getty Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — It's OK, Carolina, you can open your eyes.An unwatchable game turned into a beautiful night for the Tar Heels, who turned a free-throw contest into a championship they've been waiting an entire year to celebrate.Justin Jackson delivered the go-ahead 3-point play with 1:40 left Monday and North Carolina pulled away for a 71-65 win over Gonzaga that washed away a year's worth of heartache.It was, in North Carolina's words, a redemption tour — filled with extra time on the practice court and the weight room, all fueled by a devastating loss in last year's title game on Kr

john oliver draws a line at political gerrymandering

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver took a moment to talk about democracy, a.k.a. “undeniably the best Greek export that doesn't have fruit at the bottom.”Specifically, Oliver wanted to talk about the impact that gerrymandering of voting districts has on democracy, because he believes it’s why the Republicans have such “an edge” in the House of Representatives. To prove his point, Oliver pointed to how the voting district lines were drawn in Pennsylvania and Ohio, leading to a surprising number of Republicans being elected in ostensibly Democratic districts. “Those numbers are way out of proportion to what people should expect,” Oliver said. “You wouldn’t expect Neapolitan ice cream that’s 70% strawberry. That’s not okay.”“There’s nothing inherently wrong with re-drawing a voting district,”

final four: north carolina beat gonzaga to win ncaa title

(GLENDALE, Ariz.) — It's OK, Carolina, you can open your eyes.An unwatchable game turned into a beautiful night for the Tar Heels, who turned a free-throw contest into a championship they've been waiting an entire year to celebrate.Justin Jackson delivered the go-ahead 3-point play with 1:40 left Monday and North Carolina pulled away for a 71-65 win over Gonzaga that washed away a year's worth of heartache.It was, in North Carolina's words, a redemption tour — filled with extra time on the practice court and the weight room, all fueled by a devastating loss in last year's title game on Kris Jenkins' 3-point dagger at the buzzer for Villanova."I wanted to see this confetti fall on us and we're the winners," said Carolina's Joel Berry II, who led the Heels with 22 points. "We came out here a

police arrest man who escaped from supreme court

The man who escaped from the ACT Supreme Court last Friday has been arrested by police. Police found the man in the passenger seat of a car during a routine traffic stop in Gungahlin just after 3am. 
Police have arrested the man who escaped from the ACT Supreme Court last Friday.  Photo: SuppliedThey said the man violently resisted arrest, with one officer sustaining minor injuries in the scuffle. The man ran from the ACT Supreme Court while he was on trial last Friday.He will appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on Thursday morning, facing charges of resisting a territory official as well as being wanted on a first instance warrant. 

neil gorsuch: chuck grassley has to make bedtime

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley will not lose any sleep over the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch.The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who presided over the confirmation hearing on Tuesday, said he will hand over responsibilities to his colleague, North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis at 8 p.m. so he can get to bed by 9 p.m., according to Politico.It's been a long day for Grassley — the second day of Gorsuch's hearing began at 9:30 a.m. E.T.

north carolina's 'bathroom bill' to cost $3.76 billion

Despite Republican assurances that North Carolina's "bathroom bill" isn't hurting the economy, the law limiting LGBT protections will cost the state more than $3.76 billion in lost business over a dozen years, according to an Associated Press analysis.Over the past year, North Carolina has suffered financial hits ranging from scuttled plans for a PayPal facility that would have added an estimated $2.66 billion to the state's economy to a canceled Ringo Starr concert that deprived a town's amphitheater of about $33,000 in revenue. The blows have landed in the state's biggest cities as well as towns surrounding its flagship university, and from the mountains to the coast.North Carolina could lose hundreds of millions more because the NCAA is avoiding the state, usually a favored host. The gr

st. petersburg suspect, ncaa win, equal pay day: top stories

Good morning. These are today’s top stories:St. Petersburg suspect is namedAuthorities have named a Kyrgyzstan-born Russian citizen, Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, as a suspect in yesterday's deadly subway explosion in St. Petersburg. At least 14 people were killed and more than 50 were wounded after an explosive device blew up inside an underground train carriage in the Russian city. Russia's health minister updated the death toll today.Neil Gorsuch faces filibuster from DemocratsPresident Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch cleared a hurdle yesterday after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve him. However, Democrats also secured enough votes to filibuster his nomination before the full Senate. Republicans suggested they may use the "nuclear option" to bypass the filibuster

the supreme court should bring sanity to patent law

Opinion: Senator Orrin Hatch explains how the Supreme Court can put an end to patent trolling lawsuits. The post The Supreme Court Should Bring Sanity to Patent Law appeared first on WIRED.

north carolina lift ncaa basketball title with win over gonzaga

North Carolina made up for last year's title-decider heartbreak by putting together a late run to overhaul Gonzaga 71-65 in the final of the NCAA men's basketball championship.Trailing 65-63 with less than two minutes remaining, North Carolina ended the contest with an 8-0 spurt to pull clear of their fellow top-seeded opponents.
The North Carolina Tar Heels celebrate after defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Photo: Getty ImagesThe triumph at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona came in sharp contrast to the scenes of utter dejection a year ago when the Tar Heels fell to Villanova on a buzzer-beater in Houston, Texas."They wanted redemption," North Carolina coach Roy Williams told reporters after claiming his third career national title."I told my team with three minutes le

north carolina republicans announce 'bathroom bill' deal

Protestors gather near the North Carolina state legislative building as they voice their concerns over House Bill 2, in Raleigh, N.C., May 16, 2016.  Al Drago—CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — North Carolina Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper said late Wednesday that they have agreed on legislation to resolve a standoff over the state's "bathroom bill" through a replacement measure that still restricts LGBT nondiscrimination protections.GOP leaders announced the new legislation would be debated and voted on Thursday, but it was unclear whether there were enough House and Senate votes to pass it. And leaders of gay rights groups were incensed about the anticipated proposal and vowed political punishment for elected officials who support it.Cooper, who ran successfu

deadlocked yet again - india legal

The mode of appointing judges remains a moot issue. Senior advocate in the Supreme Court, Arvind Datar, told India Legal that the “collegium system” in the Supreme Court has worked well. There have been mistakes but their incidence is not alarming. He is more concerned about the modus operandi with regard to the choice of judges of high courts. He thinks that there is not enough of internal transparency.He says: “If a high court collegium recommends 15 names to the Supreme Court for appointment as judges in the high court, 11 are accepted and four are rejected. No reasons are given as to why the four are rejected. When the chief justice of a high court has recommended names, he or she would have scrutinised the eligibility of the person before making the recommendation. The Supreme Court s

bathroom bill: north carolina hopes it saves ncaa chances

Speaker of the House Rep. Tim Moore, center, flanked by fellow Republicans, speaks at a press conference after HB 142 passed in the General Assembly March 30, 2017 in Raleigh, N.C. (Chris Sweard/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS via Getty Images) Chris Sweard—Raleigh News & Observer/ Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Basketball-mad North Carolina is hoping its move to roll back its "bathroom bill" will help it avoid another costly hit when the NCAA selects four years of championship sites for a variety of sports.College athletics' governing body said that it is deciding this week on locations for tournaments through the spring of 2022 and that it wouldn't award any to North Carolina if the law known as House Bill 2 was still on the books.On Thursday, amid the mounting pressure, North Carolina's Repu

march madness 2017: barack obama reveals his picks

Barack Obama may not be president anymore, but that's not stopping him from continuing one of his presidential traditions.The former commander-in-chief publicly revealed his NCAA tournament brackets for the ninth straight year via the Obama Foundation, selecting the University of North Carolina to win it all on the men's side, and the University of Connecticut to take home the trophy on the women's.In the men's tourney, Obama has Duke, Kansas and Arizona joining North Carolina in the Final Four. The president expects Duke to triumph over Arizona before falling to North Carolina in the championship.Notre Dame, South Carolina and Washington are also predicted to reach the women's Final Four along with Connecticut. Obama has Notre Dame defeating South Carolina before losing to UConn in the ti

anthony weiner will plead guilty in sexting case

(NEW YORK) — Former congressman Anthony Weiner, whose penchant for sexting strangers online ended his political career and led to an investigation that upended the presidential race, will appear in federal court Friday to plead guilty to charges in connection with his online communications with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina, officials said.A law enforcement official said Weiner has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor.The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the criminal charges had yet to be filed publicly with the court.Weiner was already in federal custody ahead of the court hearing, which was scheduled for at 11 a.m.The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan confirmed the court appearance but declined to

presstv-senate confirms us supreme court nominee

US President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee has been confirmed after Republicans approved a rule change over choosing him as the head of the Supreme Courtdespite furious Democratic objections. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that Judge Neil Gorsuch has "sterling credentials, an excellent record and an ideal judicial temperament. He has the independence of mind for fairness.”Gorsuch, who was US president Donald Trump’s 49-year-old pick, will fill the long-vacant ninth position of Antonin Scalia, who died last February. Scalia was appointed to the Supreme Court by then-President Ronald Reagan in 1986. Gorsuch will be taking his seat on the Supreme Court later this month.Vice President Mike Pence presided over the vote, but was not needed to break a tie.The US Supr

presstv-senate confirms us supreme court nominee

US President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee has been confirmed after Republicans approved a rule change over choosing him as the head of the Supreme Courtdespite furious Democratic objections. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Friday that Judge Neil Gorsuch has "sterling credentials, an excellent record and an ideal judicial temperament. He has the independence of mind for fairness.”Gorsuch, who was US president Donald Trump’s 49-year-old pick, will fill the long-vacant ninth position of Antonin Scalia, who died last February. Scalia was appointed to the Supreme Court by then-President Ronald Reagan in 1986. Gorsuch will be taking his seat on the Supreme Court later this month.Vice President Mike Pence presided over the vote, but was not needed to break a tie. The final

babri masjid case: an open-ended issue

In the Babri Masjid demolition case, Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman said the Supreme Court has to choose between evasion of law and evasion of justice. This was the crux of the issue that he was hearing along with Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose. He was responding to senior counsel KK Venugopal, who said that the Supreme Court cannot transfer the trial case in the Rae Bareli special court to Lucknow because that would amount to evasion of law.Citing Section 406 of the CrPC, Venugopal said that a case can be transferred from one criminal court under the jurisdiction of a high court to another criminal court of higher grade under the jurisdiction of another high court. That is, a criminal case can be transferred from one state to another, but it should be transferred to a criminal court in the o

final four: gonzaga faces north carolina for national title

Gonzaga players celebrate after the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against South Carolina, on April 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. Gonzaga won 77-73.  David J. Phillip—APThe "buts." Gonzaga University, a small Jesuit school out in Spokane, Wash., that will play for the NCAA men's basketball championship on Monday night against North Carolina, can't stop hearing the "buts." Gonzaga's a good basketball team, but ... the Bulldogs play in the West Coast Conference, a league that toils outside the football-driven "Power 5" conference structure. They've never made the Final Four (until this season). They're not-battle tested. They're nervous.Since 1999, when Gonzaga made a Cinderella run to the Elite Eight, the Gonzaga has oozed excellence. They've made the NCAA tou

neil gorsuch confirmation: what is the nuclear option?

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch on Monday, bringing a confirmation vote closer to the full Senate. But it also became clear that Democrats have the votes to filibuster his nomination. So what's next?Sixty votes are required to overcome a filibuster, and it doesn't look like Republicans have those votes. That means Republicans would likely have to invoke the "nuclear option." That's Capitol Hill-speak for amending long-standing Senate rules requiring a 60-vote threshold to confirm Supreme Court nominees, which would allow the GOP to install Gorsuch with a simple majority vote.It is almost certain that such a move would result in Gorsuch's confirmation to the Supreme Court. But it would also mark the first time the o

ncaa decision on north carolina hb2 repeal: what it means

General view of the NCAA logo on the floor during action at University of Dayton Arena on March 20, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio. Joe Robbins—Getty ImagesThe NCAA announced on Tuesday that the deal was good enough.After more than a year of controversy in North Carolina over HB2, a law widely viewed as discriminatory toward LGBT people, Republican lawmakers and the state's new Democratic governor reached a deal to repeal it last week. And the NCAA, which had joined many businesses in boycotting the state over the measure, "reluctantly" said that North Carolina could again be considered as a host for college championship games. The new law, which removed the requirement that transgender people use bathrooms that match birth certificates but still blocks local protections for LGBT people, "minimally

north carolina: 'bathroom law' repeal clears senate

Unisex signs hang outside bathrooms at Toast Paninoteca on May 10, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina.  Sara D. Davis—Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — A compromise that would repeal North Carolina's contentious "bathroom law" cleared a key hurdle Thursday when senators approved the measure, which is intended to help stem the financial backlash from the law limiting LGBT protections.Not everyone is pleased with the deal between the Republican-controlled Legislature and the Democratic governor. Social conservatives would prefer to have House Bill 2 stay on the books. Gay rights groups believe the replacement bill allows discrimination.Sen. Dan Bishop, a primary sponsor of HB2, denounced the new deal on the Senate floor."This bill is at best a punt, at worst a betrayal of principle," said the Republ

judges’ appointment issue: trump’s gorsuch appointment sets a precedent

The executive and the judiciary have remained so interlinked – even in countries where the separation of the ‘church’ and the state has been established centuries ago – there is probably no case study possible in isolation, bereft of external influence.Without demeaning the authority of the judiciary or the state, why would things come to the fore in the selection/nomination of a Supreme Court judge, be it in the US or in India? Much has been talked about the appointment of the 49-year-old Neil Gorsuch as the new US Supreme Court Judge, filling the vacancy left in the death of the conservative Antonin Scalia.Frankly, going by his track record, he may not prove to be such a bad choice by President Donald Trump, after all. At least, nobody would call him a White supremacist ideologue.The sit

supreme court pitches for affordable justice -india legal

Lawyer R Venkataramani, who is also a member of the Scheme, said that in the past, the legal assistance programme could not attract needy litigants. A fresh attempt is now being made to reach out to them so that their litigations could be contested by experienced lawyers at a nominal cost, which is far below the prevailing fee in the Supreme Court and elsewhere.Every person who desires to avail of the services of an advocate empanelled under the Scheme will have to approach its secretary by filing an application in a prescribed form along with the relevant documents. Once the papers are received, they will be assigned to the Advocate-on-Record (AoR) of the choice indicated by the applicant. In case that AoR “opines that this is not a fit case” for moving in the Supreme Court, the applicant

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