By Anne Flaherty The Associated Press Tues., July 3, 2018 WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump has interviewed four prospective Supreme Court justices so far. Who are they? Amul Thapar Thapar, 49, is a federal appeals court judge from Kentucky who is close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He was Trump’s first judicial nomination to a district or appeals court, and on Trump’s short list to replace Scalia last year, losing out to Gorsuch. In one of his more interesting court cases, Thapar in 2014 as a district court judge in Kentucky sentenced an elderly nun to almost three years in prison for breaking into a U.S. storehouse for bomb-grade uranium and splashing blood on the walls of the bunker. She argued she was acting as a follower of Jesus Christ; Thapar said that provided no excuse for breaching the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. (An appeals court later threw out the sabotage charge, leaving the lesser charge of … [Read more...] about Who are the U.S. Supreme Court candidates who have met with Donald Trump?
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Pakistanis head to the polls to elect their next prime minister in July. Until then, though, the Supreme Court seems to be in charge of the country. In July 2017, revelations from the Panama Papers leak spurred Pakistan’s Supreme Court to rule that the prime minister at the time, Nawaz Sharif, had lied to the public about his family finances. Sharif, who maintained his innocence, was forced to resign as prime minister. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox However, he continued to lead his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party, or PML-N, in effect controlling Pakistan’s government. Then, last month, the Supreme Court also removed him as party chairman. Because Sharif was not “honest” or “righteous,” Chief Justice Saqib Nisar additionally ruled, all “orders passed, directions given and documents issued” under his leadership were officially declared null. Sharif and his supporters accuse Nisar of … [Read more...] about Pakistan’s activist Supreme Court endangers a fragile democracy
Watch more in iWantv or TFC.tv MANILA - Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno's integrity is intact despite allegations that she failed to submit some of her statements of assets, liabilities, and net worth when she vied for the top magistrate post, her lawyer said Wednesday. Sereno was upfront with the Judicial and Bar Council when she told them in 2012 that she could not recover her SALNs from 15 years ago, and yet she was shortlisted by the panel and was eventually appointed to the position, said her spokesperson and lawyer, Jojo Lacanilao. "The integrity issue was decided by the JBC and the President of the Philippines who appointed her. Sila ang nag-litigate ng issue na yun. They decided na may integrity siya. No one else can question that," Lacanilao told ANC's Headstart. "It’s a political question. Even the Supreme Court cannot question that issue of integrity when the JBC and the President decided that she’s qualified and she has integrity under the Constitution," he … [Read more...] about News Not even Supreme Court can question Sereno’s integrity
Pakorn Mahannop and Chatchai Chanpraisri were selected by the court’s judges as their candidates. Meechai said the law only barred those chosen by the selection committee from contesting again, but it was up to the NLA whether or not to accept those who had been rejected first time around. However, news has circulated that the rejection last week of all seven Election Commission (EC) candidates was partly due to a controversy surrounding the selection of the two candidates from the Supreme Court. Outgoing election commissioner Somchai Srisuthiyakorn had questioned whether the court’s voting to select the two might not have been constitutional. The Supreme Court judges had voted in a secret ballot, whereas the law requires that they do so in an open ballot. … [Read more...] about Rejected Supreme Court candidates for EC can run again: Meechai
MALE, Maldives: The Maldives opposition leader and two Supreme Court judges were arrested early Tuesday hours after the government declared an emergency in the Indian Ocean nation that has been increasingly in turmoil in the days since the court ordered several jailed politicians to be freed. The charges against opposition leader Maumoon Abdul Gayoom include bribery and attempting to overthrow the government, his lawyer, Maumoon Hameed, said on Twitter. Gayoom was president from 1978 to 2008, when Maldives became a multiparty democracy, and is the half brother of the current president, under whose rule the archipelago has lost many of its democratic gains.The 15-day emergency decree issued late Monday gives the government sweeping powers to make arrests, search and seize property and restricts freedom of assembly, officials said.Soon after the declaration, security forces stormed into the Supreme Court building, where Chief Justice Abdulla Saeed and judge Ali Hamid were arrested. The … [Read more...] about Former leader, 2 Supreme Court judges arrested in Maldives