POLITICS 04/17/2018 10:50 am ET She'll wear a sling for several weeks. Reuters Staff 410 WASHINGTON ― U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor broke her right shoulder in a fall at her home, but will continue performing her duties as usual, a court spokeswoman said on Tuesday. “She will wear a sling for several weeks and will undergo physical therapy,” spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement. The injury that she sustained on Monday marked the second medical issue that Sotomayor, 63, has faced this year. The lifelong diabetic was treated by paramedics for low blood sugar at her home in Washington in January. Sotomayor, one of the nine-member court’s four liberal justices, was named to the court in 2009 by Democratic former President Barack Obama. She is the first Hispanic justice to serve on the court. “Justice Sotomayor plans to continue with her schedule as usual,” Arberg said. RELATED... Sonia Sotomayor Sends A … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Continues Duties After Breaking Shoulder
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World Poland European Union Rule of Law Judicial Independence The European Union on Monday announced it will launch legal proceedings against member state Poland, marking the second time Brussels has sought to sanction Warsaw for undermining judicial independence in the country. A new law targeting Poland’s Supreme Court will come into effect on Tuesday, forcing around 40 percent of the country’s 72 Supreme Court Justices into early retirement. Critics say the new law, which lowered the obligatory retirement age of the country’s Supreme Court judges to 65, is another attempt by the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) to consolidate power. PiS will be able to fill the vacant Supreme Court seats with judges loyal to the party. The law will also increase the number of Supreme Court justices from 72 to 120, allowing PiS to fill over two-thirds of the Supreme Court seats with new loyalists. "The law is the final nail in the coffin for Poland’s legal system, … [Read more...] about Protests in Poland As Warsaw Forces Supreme Court Justices Into Early Retirement
A majority of likely voters were unable to correctly name just one Supreme Court justice, according to the latest C-SPAN/PSB poll. The results, according to the survey: 52 percent of voters overall were unable to name one High Court justice. 48 percent of voters overall said they could or correctly named a justice. 59 percent of voters identifying as conservatives could not name a justice. 57 percent of voters identifying as liberals correctly named a justice. Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the most recognizable justice; she was correctly identified by 25 percent of voters, according to the survey. Anthony Kennedy, the late Antonin Scalia and nominee Brett Kavanaugh were three incorrect responses given by voters who couldn't name a justice, according to C-SPAN. However, 53 percent of voters say they hear the right amount about the workings of the Supreme Court, compared to 44 percent who say they hear too little, according to the survey. Nearly 70 percent of those surveyed said they've been … [Read more...] about Poll: 52 Percent Can’t Name a Single Supreme Court Justice
Now that path appears clear for Kavanaugh's confirmation, let's explore if he could be impeached after 2018 midterms Alexandra Del Rosario, provided by Published 5:55 pm PDT, Friday, October 5, 2018 Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Has a Supreme Court Justice Ever Been Impeached? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Many critics of Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have said that, should he be confirmed, his openly partisan statements and the accusations of sexual assault against him should be considered grounds for possible impeachment. Well, with Maine Sen. Susan Collins and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin’s statements Friday that they will vote yes, his confirmation looks all but assured. But assuming Democrats decide to put their money where Kavanaugh critics’ mouths are, how likely is it that impeachment will happen? Read the full article on The Wrap … [Read more...] about Has a Supreme Court Justice Ever Been Impeached?
This decade has seen more extreme gerrymandering, particularly in battleground states such as Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Republicans won sweeping victories in the 2010 midterm elections, and they used their power to redraw election maps so as to maintain control of the House of Representatives. Ohio, for example, has 12 Republicans and four Democrats in the House. North Carolina has a 10 Republicans and three Democrats. A three-judge federal court struck down North Carolina’s map as unconstitutional, but the Supreme Court in January put that decision on hold. … [Read more...] about Supreme Court justices troubled by partisan gerrymandering, but unsure how to control it