NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Supreme Court dismissed on Thursday petitions calling for an investigation into the death of a lower court judge in 2014 when he was presiding over a case against a top political aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Amit Shah, president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, had been accused of ordering extra judicial killings in 2005 while serving as home minister in the western state of Gujarat. Shah was discharged by the judge who took over the case after the death of Judge B. Loya, having decided there was no case against the BJP president. Judge Loya died from a heart attack, but family members questioned the circumstances, alleging that he had come under political pressure in the case. Petitions were filed in the Supreme Court seeking an independent probe after judges in a lower court had dismissed the need for a probe. The Supreme Court decision to dismiss the petitions was taken by a three-judge bench, led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra. … [Read more...] about India’s top court rejects calls for probe into judge’s death
Supported by Politics On Washington By CARL HULSE APRIL 7, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story WASHINGTON — In the spring of 2014, a friend tried to nudge Judge Stephen Reinhardt, then an 83-year-old liberal stalwart on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, into stepping aside from full-time duties so President Barack Obama could nominate a successor.The friend, Erwin Chemerinsky, now the dean at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, said he had gently suggested to Judge Reinhardt that he and another longtime liberal figure on the San Francisco-based court make way while Democrats still had the power to assure that jurists with a similar philosophy would take their place. Judge Reinhardt swiftly rejected that notion and stayed on.Now Judge Reinhardt, who died this past week at age 87, could very well be replaced by … [Read more...] about Judge’s Death Gives Trump a Chance to Remake a Vexing Court
A mold problem in a Miami federal courthouse has spurred studies and warnings from the chief judge, who told clerks they should use masks and gloves when handling documents that may be coated with the stuff.Concerns increased after Magistrate Judge Ted Klein died of a respiratory illness last year and officials at the David W. Dyer courthouse closed off his courtroom, the Miami Daily Business Review reports. The room remains unused.Two studies commissioned after Klein became ill found significant mold and safety issues at the historic courthouse, built in 1933 and damaged in Hurricane Wilma. The Spanish-style building, known for an ornate ceremonial courtroom, is used to house magistrate court.A new study will be performed by a company that performed mold remediation work at a West Palm Beach courthouse.Several court personnel have complained of respiratory illnesses, nasal bleeding and severe allergies. One judicial assistant saw a photo of her chair in one of the studies and learned … [Read more...] about Judge’s Death Leads to Courthouse Mold Fears
An attorney for the family of a Florida federal magistrate who died several years ago of a lung ailment says an environmental study report they have received documents a substantial mold problem at Miami’s historic David W. Dyer courthouse.Working there may have caused U.S. Magistrate Theodore Klein, who previously had been in good health, to die at age 66, contends attorney Alan Goldfarb. And Klein, whose courtroom is now sealed, may not have been the only one adversely affected by mold conditions, the attorney for Klein’s family told the Miami Herald.”It should be noted that these results come after efforts have been made to remediate the building,” says Goldfarb. Clearly, the inference is that the problem was much worse prior to any cleanup. It is our hope that the appropriate steps will be taken to correct this situation.” Earlier coverage:ABAJournal.com: “Judge’s Death Leads to Courthouse Mold Fears”ABAJournal.com: “Moldy … [Read more...] about Did Courthouse Mold Cause Fla. Federal Judge’s Death?
In what the attorney general of Texas is describing as a “legally baseless” act of “unabashed judicial activism,” a state trial-court judge has granted a pretrial defense motion that the death penalty be declared unconstitutional in the murder case of John Edward Green Jr., reports the Houston Chronicle.“It’s safe to assume we execute innocent people,” said District Judge Kevin Fine in his written ruling yesterday, citing the exoneration of more than 200 individuals in death penalty cases nationwide. “Are you willing to have your brother, your father, your mother be the sacrificial lamb, to be the innocent person executed so that we can have a death penalty so that we can execute those who are deserving of the death penalty? I don’t think society’s mindset is that way now.”The ruling, which was made in response to a motion submitted by Green’s lawyers, Bob Loper and Casey Keirnan, is likely to be reversed on … [Read more...] about Judge: Death Penalty Unconstitutional; AG: ‘Unabashed Judicial Activism’