A federal court has ruled for the first time that a redrawn congressional map was unconstitutional because it favored a political party.The special three-judge court struck down the North Carolina map on Tuesday, report the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Raleigh News & Observer and BuzzFeed News. The court said North Carolina lawmakers should produce a new map by Jan. 29, and if the state doesn’t act, a special master will take over.The ruling is the first by a federal court to strike down congressional districts as partisan gerrymanders, according to the News & Observer and the New York Times. Other courts that have struck down maps based on partisan considerations involved state legislative districts.The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned electoral maps because of racial gerrymandering, but it has never struck down a map because of partisan gerrymandering. The Supreme Court is set to decide two cases raising the issue of partisan gerrymandering this term.The … [Read more...] about In a first, federal court strikes down North Carolina congressional remap as partisan gerrymander
The Supreme Court today issued notice to the Centre on a petition which sought discontinuance of a Hindu religion based song as a morning prayer in 1,125 Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) across the country on the ground that it was a religious instruction which will create a “lot of obstacles in developing a scientific temperament among the students”.The petition insisted that a school or any educational institution funded by state cannot propagate any particular religion.Stating that the petition filed by the lawyer Veenayak Shah, whose children had passed out of KV had “raised an important issue”, a bench of justices Rohinton Nariman and Navin Shah sought the view of the Centre within four weeks.“Issue a writ of mandamus or any other appropriate writ, order or direction to Respondents to forthwith discontinue any form of Prayer from the Morning Assembly or otherwise in Kendraya Vidhalaya Sangathans and to promote Scientific learning among the … [Read more...] about SC Issues Notice To Centre On A Plea To Stop Prayer Song In Kendriya Vidyalayas Based On A Particular Religion [Read Petition]
a new book about the administration’s first nine months in office. Charles Harder, a Trump attorney, sent a letter to Bannon last week, the Washington Post reported.According to the Washington Post, Harder accused Bannon of disclosing confidential information to Wolff, author of Fire and Fury, and making “disparaging statements and in some cases outright defamatory statements” to the author about Trump, his family and his company.However, some law professors think such a lawsuit would be unsuccessful.Generally, nondisclosure agreements are enforceable unless they run against the public interest, which is an argument Bannon could make, University of Arizona law professor Jane Roberta Bambauer says.Bambauer, whose research includes big data and privacy law, notes that the remedy would be problematic if such a lawsuit was pursued.“It’s difficult for litigants to claim large damages when the nature of the award is that they expected to be less … [Read more...] about If Trump sues Bannon for violating a nondisclosure agreement, what are his damages?
One California county is giving its citizens something that’s not typically on offer from the U.S. justice system: a refund.This week, the Contra Costa County probation department will begin notifying and mailing checks to families who, since 2010, were wrongfully billed for their children’s incarceration.The county, located to the east of the Bay Area, will pay back a total of $136,000 — with interest — to about 500 mostly low-income families. It has also wiped out more than $8.5 million of outstanding debt in about 11,000 other cases.“It’s not easy for government to look at a practice, admit it was wrong, and make a refund, but it’s the right and moral thing to do,” said John M. Gioia, a member of the county’s Board of Supervisors, which made its decision on the issue in December.Until last year, California state law allowed counties to bill parents for the cost of their children’s incarceration, a common policy nationwide … [Read more...] about A California county will issue refunds to parents wrongly billed for their kids’ incarceration
Justice Sudhir Agarwal of the Allahabad High Court has reportedly accomplished a feat of sorts by deciding one lakh cases since his appointment in October, 2005.Justice Agarwal enrolled as an Advocate on 5 October, 1980. While he began with handling tax matters, he gradually shifted to service and specialized in the branch at the High Court. He also worked as the Standing Counsel for U.P. Power Corporation, UP Rajkiya Nirman Nigam and Allahabad University. Thereafter, in 2003, he was appointed as the Additional Advocate General at the High Court, till his elevation.During his tenure, Justice Agarwal has delivered several significant judgments, including the one in the Babri title suit in September, 2010. His advice to Government officers to send their children to Government Primary Schools had also garnered significant attention.He had made headlines in July last year as well, when the Allahabad High Court Bar Association decided to go on a strike as a mark of protest against … [Read more...] about Justice Sudhir Agarwal Of Allahabad HC Decides A Whopping 1 Lakh Cases In 12 Years