By: S Devika 19 Aug 2019 5:56 AM GMT Judicial restraint is to be exercised to ensure that all statements made by a judge are backed by evidence and are germane to the issue being considered. While dismissing a petition filed by a faculty member to quash a show cause notice issued by an educational institution against him following sexual harassment complaints by 34 students, a single bench of the Madras High Court made few observations. "Certain laws, which are in existence for easy access to women , lend itself to easy misuse that women will find it hard to resist the temptation to 'teach a lesson' to male members and will file frivolous and false cases" and " this is the right time for the government to think of suitable amendments in those laws in order to prevent its misuse, so as to safeguard the interest of the innocent masculinity too" observed Justice S.Vaidyanathan of the Madras High Court in the order. The judge referred to alleged instances of misuse of the … [Read more...] about Can Judges Use Court As A Platform To Voice Personal Views?
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There is no evidence that FBI agent Peter Strzok's personal views affected his professional responsibilities, Sen. Ben Cardin commented Friday about the fiery exchanges made during a Capitol Hill hearing on Thursday. "This was clearly a show put on by the Republicans," the Maryland Democrat told CNN's "New Day." "Mr. Strzok has certain views. He was very open about that, and the question is not about his personal political views, it's [about] how it affected his responsibilities as an FBI agent. Instead, said Cardin, he believes the hearing was held to distract the public and to raise questions once again about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. "They're trying to discredit the investigation rather than dealing with any substance," said Cardin."We all bring our own views and biases into our work. That's normal. If it interviews with our judgment, that is a different matter, but there is no evidence that he did anything to compromise the investigation itself." Cardin on … [Read more...] about Cardin: No Evidence Strzok’s Personal Views Affected FBI Duties
Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE WASHINGTON — The senior FBI official who oversaw the Hillary Clinton email investigation and helped lead the initial probe of ties between Russia and the Trump campaign strongly rejected claims that his personal views affected his official actions, while accusing congressional Republicans of furthering Vladimir Putin’s goal of sowing discord in the U.S. In public testimony before two House committees Thursday, special agent Peter Strzok acknowledged making “blunt” comments about then-candidate Donald Trump as well as other political figures in dozens of text messages he exchanged with a fellow agency official. But he said they had been mischaracterized and did not in any way reflect on decisions he and other investigators made during their politically-sensitive inquiries ahead of the 2016 election. “Let me be clear, unequivocally and … [Read more...] about Facing intense GOP criticism, FBI’s Strzok says personal views didn’t impact decisions
An ethics complaint accuses a Florida judge of using his position as a “bully pulpit” to rail against drug laws and treatment of minorities.Judge Barry Cohen of Palm Beach County is accused of making his comments from the bench and in written decisions, report the Palm Beach Post and the Associated Press. The complaint by the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission acknowledges Cohen has the right to state his opinions in the correct setting, but “to do so from the trial bench is wholly inappropriate.”The complaint accuses Cohen of criticizing marijuana laws and mandatory minimum sentences in drug cases. He is also accused of remarking at a community meeting that local police use racial profiling. The complaint alleges Cohen used his position to espouse personal views about “fellow players in the criminal justice system” and about “other irrelevant matters.”Cohen’s lawyers issued a statement saying the judge “will … [Read more...] about Ethics Complaint Accuses Judge of Using Bench to Espouse Personal Views About ‘Irrelevant Matters’
Associated Press Published 10:33 a.m. ET May 21, 2018 Charleston, W.Va. – Despite losing the Republican primary in a distant third-place, convicted ex-coal baron Don Blankenship announced Monday that he will continue his bid for U.S. Senate as a third-party candidate, though it’s unclear if the move violates West Virginia’s “sore loser” law. Blankenship will run as a member of the Constitution Party, which nominated him by a unanimous vote, his campaign said in a news release. West Virginia secretary of state spokesman Steve Adams said Blankenship has officially switched his party affiliation to the Constitution Party. But Adams has said West Virginia’s “sore loser” or “sour grapes” law prohibits candidates affiliated with a major party who lose in a primary from changing their registration to a minor party to take advantage of later filing deadlines. On Monday, Adams referred questions about Blankenship’s move to … [Read more...] about Blankenship to seek Senate seat as 3rd-party candidate