TALLAHASSEE — Ratcheting up a bitter legal fight in an important swing state, Republican state officials on Wednesday challenged a federal judge's order that Florida must change the process used to restore voting rights to former prisoners.Attorney General Pam Bondi, acting on behalf of Gov. Rick Scott and the state's clemency board, appealed the judge's decision to block the state's current system of forcing ex-felons to wait at least five years before they can ask for the right to vote.U.S. District Mark Walker had given Scott and state officials until April 26 to create a new process, but attorneys working for Bondi asked that Walker's order be placed on hold while the case moves to a federal appeals court in Atlanta."People elected by Floridians should determine Florida's clemency rules for convicted criminals, not federal judges," said John Tupps, a spokesman for Scott. "The governor will always stand with victims of crime. He believes that people who have been convicted of … [Read more...] about Florida appeals order to change felon voting rights system
Students at a high school in Brevard County staged a brief walk-out Friday to support the Second Amendment, days after young people across the country marched to support stricter gun control, according to a report by Florida Today.According to the report, the walk-out was organized by Rockledge High School sophomore Chloe Deaton and junior Anna Delaney, who are part of the school’s Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Academy.About 75 students participated, the report said.Students walked to the school’s track carrying American flags and signs with messages including “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” and “I support the right to bear arms,” Florida Today reported.The event’s organizers said its goal was not to support particular political stances. However, students wore President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats, and many were critical of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, … [Read more...] about Brevard students walk out to support 2nd Amendment after nationwide gun-control rallies
Share Tweet Plus One Pin It Email Print By: Akanksha Jain April 3, 2018 3:10 pm Change Font Size Amidst widespread criticism from various quarters, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday ordered the withdrawal of the release of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting which said journalists can lose their accreditation charge of propagating fake news. The release issued on Monday evening was ordered to be canceled by Prime Minister Modi, who reportedly said that the matter should be addressed only in the Press Council of India. It is to be noted that the I&B Ministry headed by Smriti Irani had issued the release amending the guidelines for accreditation of journalists to regulate fake news and expressly stated that any request for accreditation will be granted only if journalistic ethics have been adhered to. The release said any complaint of fake news will be referred to the Press Council of India (PCI) if it pertains to print media and … [Read more...] about Amidst Widespread Criticism, Modi Orders “Fake News” Release To Be Withdrawn
Share Tweet Plus One Pin It Email Print By: Akanksha Jain April 3, 2018 11:42 am Change Font Size Journalists propagating fake news will now risk losing their accreditation as the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting amended the guidelines for accreditation of journalists to regulate fake news and expressly stated that any request for accreditation will be granted only if journalistic ethics have been adhered to. Now, any complaint of fake news will be referred to the Press Council of India (PCI) if it pertains to print media and to the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) if it relates to electronic media, for determination of the news item being fake or not. The determination of veracity will be done in 15 days and till such time, the journalist who propagated the news in question would have his accreditation suspended. “Determination is expected to be completed within 15 days by these regulating agencies. Once the complaint is registered for … [Read more...] about Journalists Propagating Fake News Will Now Risk Losing Accreditation As IB Ministry Amends Guidelines
Home In-Depth Reporting Can anti-profanity laws and the fighting… National Pulse By David L. Hudson Jr. April 2018 Illustration by Sara Wadford In an age of declining civility and amplification of offensive speech via social media, it may seem strange, un-American or downright silly for people to be arrested for uttering profane speech. But it happens. People can, and have been, arrested for uttering profanity in public, cursing in a canoe, engaging in a toilet tirade in their own home, or cursing near a school or church. Anti-profanity laws remain on the books in some states with statutes that in many cases are relics of a bygone era, dating back to the 19th century but never erased. A 1962 South Carolina law prohibits cursing on a public highway or within hearing distance of a church or school. A Mississippi law, passed in 1848, prohibits using profane or vulgar language in the presence of two or more people. Those in violation can receive a $100 fine or up to 30 days in … [Read more...] about Can anti-profanity laws and the fighting words doctrine be squared with the First Amendment?