But the part that is truly frightening is Thomas’ assertion that with Monday’s decision, the Court has set dangerous precedent that will allow prisoners to demand review of prosecution files in their cases. Isn’t that kind of the point? Don’t we want government to be accountable for its work, particularly when that work lands people on death row? I’m all for judicial efficiency, but if people are getting convicted of murder after the prosecution is breaking the law, I think it’s worth the trouble to have a quick look through the files. … [Read more...] about This Might be Clarence Thomas’ Most Appalling Opinion Yet
In arguendo, it further submits, “However even if one were to assume that this is the version of those judges and further that they are telling the truth, their account of Judge Loya’s death certainly does not prove that it was due to a heart attack. At best they say that he complained of chest pain, was taken to Dande Hospital, that he collapsed on the way from Dande Hospital to Meditrina Hospital and that he died either on the way or on arrival at Meditrina Hospital. This eye witness account could be consistent with various other causes of death including poisoning. Quite apart from this there are various other problems with the official version which has been pointed out by the other petitioners, that raise serious doubts with regard to the cause and circumstance of Judge Loya’s death.” … [Read more...] about Judge Loya Case: CPIL Files Intervention Application, Cites New Expert Medical Opinion To Rule Out Heart Attack [Read Application]
“Section 147 of the IT Act does not allow the re-assessment of an income merely because of the fact that the assessing officer has a change of opinion with regard to the interpretation of law differently on the facts that were well within his knowledge even at the time of assessment. Doing so would have the effect of giving the assessing officer the power of review and Section 147 confers the power to re-assess and not the power to review,” the court said. … [Read more...] about Mere Change Of Opinion Of Assessing Officer Not A Ground For Reassessment: SC [Read Judgment]
Now let's address the question of mobilization. Right now, the Democratic Party is benefiting from a huge wave of enthusiasm, especially from liberals, many of them young people who are tired of the timid politics that has characterized the party for so long. Democrats' biggest problem in midterm elections is always that the Republican base - older, wealthier, whiter - tends to turn out at higher rates than the Democratic base in off years. If Democrats are going to win this year, they have to ride that new energy. And nothing would puncture it quicker than the party making a collective decision that what it really needs is the more tentative, apologetic strategy that has failed so often in the past. … [Read more...] about Opinion: Republicans are telling Democrats to move right. It’s dreadful advice.
President Donald Trump was "stating his opinion" in tweeting Wednesday that Attorney General Jeff Sessions should end the Russia probe — and it was "not weak for the President of the United States to state his opinion," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. "It's not an order," Sanders told reporters at the daily briefing. … [Read more...] about White House: Trump ‘Stating His Opinion’ in Sessions Tweet