For anyone familiar with the O.J. Simpson trial, the idea of preferring jurors because of their race isn’t all that shocking. Jury selection is certainly supposed to be color- blind, but like many things, often isn’t. Racism seeps its way into our courtrooms, tainting our justice in subtle ways; but overt discrimination by the prosecution is something unusual. In Foster’s case, there was no pretext – no reason other than race for challenging the selection of the black jurors. Given that Batson was new law at the time of Foster’s trial, it’s not surprising that some prosecutors were comfortable keeping records of practices that had long been used, but that had only recently been deemed illegal. Regardless of the close timeline, though, the trial of Timothy Tyrone Foster was corrupted by the prosecutors’ illegal manipulation of the jury. … [Read more...] about This Might be Clarence Thomas’ Most Appalling Opinion Yet
It goes on to point out that the State of Maharashtra has relied almost entirely on the version of four Judges of the Lower Court, two of whom were purportedly with Judge Loya on the fatal night in Nagpur. The claims of these Judges are, however, submitted before the Court without any affidavit by either of the Judges or any officer of the State. This, it says, discredits the claims made on behalf of the Judges, as “one cannot even be sure whether this was indeed the version given by those four judges”. … [Read more...] about Judge Loya Case: CPIL Files Intervention Application, Cites New Expert Medical Opinion To Rule Out Heart Attack [Read Application]
On the facts of the case, the court observed that initiation of the re-assessment proceedings under Section 147 by issuing a notice under Section 148 merely because of the fact that now the Assessing Officer is of the view that the deduction under Section 10A was allowed in excess, was based on nothing but a change of opinion on the same facts and circumstances which were already in his knowledge even during the original assessment proceedings. … [Read more...] about Mere Change Of Opinion Of Assessing Officer Not A Ground For Reassessment: SC [Read Judgment]
But let's put that aside for a moment. There's a misconception at the heart of this debate, one that says that this is nothing more than an argument over whether persuasion or mobilization - trying to convert those who aren't already supporting you or trying to get your own supporters to the polls - is more worthwhile. The balance between those two strategies is an important part of this (and every) election. But when we frame the choice between persuasion and mobilization as a debate about ideology, we make a fundamental mistake: That the way to persuade voters who aren't already supporting you is to moderate your positions on issues. … [Read more...] about Opinion: Republicans are telling Democrats to move right. It’s dreadful advice.
..This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA! … [Read more...] about White House: Trump ‘Stating His Opinion’ in Sessions Tweet