Colombo, Sri Lanka (CNN)Sri Lanka's prime minister is appealing a court decision that temporarily bars him and his cabinet from carrying out official duties, amid a constitutional crisis that has left the island nation without effective leadership. The ruling by Sri Lanka's Court of Appeals on Monday comes after Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa refused to step down despite losing two no-confidence votes last month. Rajapaksa said he will take his appeal to the Supreme Court on Tuesday and seek an order halting the decision. "We do not agree with the decision given by the Appeals Court as Constitutional matters are finally decided by the Supreme Court," Rajapaksa said on Twitter. "We do not agree with the decision given by the Appeals Court as Constitutional matters are finally decided by the Supreme Court. We will be filing an appeal tomorrow." pic.twitter.com/g6im1auDsJ— Mahinda Rajapaksa (@PresRajapaksa) December 3, 2018 Judge Arjuna Obeyesekere said in his ruling that … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka’s disputed prime minister takes his fight to the Supreme Court
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WILLEMSTAD - Orlando Balentien goes to the Supreme Court in cassation. The self-proclaimed pastor of the Rains of Blessings Church was convicted again last week in the appeal for the sexual abuse of seven of his churchgoers. Attorney Harlequin had indicated to go into cassation shortly after the case had been dealt with if her client was to be convicted. Only lack of funds would stop this, she said. It is not yet clear on what grounds the defense of the pastor goes in cassation. Balentien was sentenced on appeal to fourteen years in prison on 18 October for the sexual abuse of three teenage girls and four young women. The 54-year-old B. is not allowed to exercise the function of church leader for nineteen years. The Public Prosecutor had demanded against him twelve years on appeal. The court had, "given the nature of the facts", decided to give the self-proclaimed apostle a higher punishment. Photo: Balentien’s attorneys (credit: Persbureau) … [Read more...] about Church leader Orlando Balentien takes his case to the Supreme Court
Published Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 | 6:46 p.m. Updated 3 hours, 47 minutes ago NEW YORK (AP) — Newly sworn in Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh may face his first politically charged case after a New York appeals court Tuesday ordered Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to be deposed about putting a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Ross can be deposed by lawyers who claim he and others acted improperly. It gave the government two days to appeal to the high court. A three-judge panel in Manhattan said a lower-court judge, Jesse M. Furman, made detailed factual findings supporting his conclusion that Ross likely possesses firsthand knowledge central to the claims. It also noted that three of Ross's aides indicated only the secretary himself could answer certain questions. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The appeals court order came after a dozen states and big cities sued, saying that Ross … [Read more...] about Politically charged case heads to the Supreme Court
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Annie Linskey and Jess Bidgood Globe Staff September 29, 2018 WASHINGTON — President Trump has remade what it means to be presidential, with his typo-filled tweets and angry rants. He’s molded the Republican Party in his form, pulling it close to the white men who’ve felt their cultural dominance erode. Now he’s turning to the Supreme Court, where he hopes to seat a justice with a long Republican resume — a nomine who, in an emotional bid to save his nomination, last week displayed the very same combative, grievance-fueled thinking of which Trump is so fond.It remains to be seen whether Brett Kavanaugh’s indignant defense against accusations that he assaulted a teenage girl more than 35 years ago will rescue his nomination in a closely divided Senate. Advertisement But Kavanaugh’s performance certainly gives fuel to … [Read more...] about Brett Kavanaugh’s partisan defiance brings Trump-style combat to the Supreme Court
By Bisma Tirmizi Published: September 29, 2018 0 SHARES Share Tweet Email Kavanaugh testified on Thursday, so did Ford, both their testimonies were compelling, but in my opinion Kavanaugh appears guilty as charged. Christine Blasey Ford recently accused an attorney and a sitting judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Brett Kavanaugh, of sexually assaulting her in the early 80s, when they were both in high school. Kavanaugh was nominated for a position in the Supreme Court by Donald Trump and after finding out that her perpetrator may go on to be a part of the top court, her civic duty compelled her to bring her past into the spotlight. The Senate held a hearing for this purpose, to decide whether or not Ford’s allegations hold some truth. Kavanaugh testified on Thursday, so did Ford, both their testimonies were compelling, but in my opinion, Kavanaugh appears guilty as charged. Why, you ask … [Read more...] about Brett Kavanugh vs Christine Blasey Ford: Don’t send an assaulter to the Supreme Court bench!