West Virginia lawmakers completed the extraordinary move of impeaching all four state Supreme Court justices Monday night for spending issues, including a suspended justice facing a 23-count federal indictment. The state House of Delegates voted to impeach Justice Allen Loughry on eight articles, setting the stage for a trial in the state Senate. Beth Walker became the final justice to be impeached when an article was approved stating all four justices abused their authority. It said they failed to control office expenses, including more than $1 million in renovations to their individual offices, and not maintaining policies over matters such as working lunches and the use of state vehicles and office computers at home. Walker had dodged impeachment earlier Monday night when lawmakers decided to overlook her $131,000 in spending on office renovations. A short time later, another article was withdrawn against Chief Justice Margaret Workman, who spent $111,000 in renovations. Justice … [Read more...] about All 4 West Virginia Supreme Court justices impeached over spending
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Erin Kelly USA TODAY Published 11:58 p.m. UTC Jul 10, 2018 WASHINGTON — If confirmed as the next Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh could end up voting on key issues involving President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation — a possibility that alarms some Democratic senators. The court could be asked to rule on whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller has the right to subpoena the president to testify in the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller also is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin and possible obstruction of justice by the president. Justices also could be asked to rule on whether a sitting president can be indicted on criminal charges and whether he can pardon himself. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, argues that Trump has a conflict of interest in appointing a new justice as long as the Russia investigation … [Read more...] about Democrats worry about how a new Supreme Court justice would affect Russia investigation
Donald Trump has announced his nominee for the US Supreme Court . The President named Brett Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge who survived a previous tough Senate confirmation battle and helped investigate President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. In picking 53-year-old Kavanaugh, Trump aimed to entrench conservative control of the court for years to come with his second lifetime appointment to the nation's highest judicial body in his first 18 months as president. Kavanaugh now faces what appears to be another fierce fight for confirmation in the Senate, where Trump's fellow Republicans hold a slim majority. If confirmed, Kavanaugh would replace long-serving conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy, who announced his retirement on June 27 at age 81. "Throughout legal circles he's considered a judge's judge, a true thought leader among his peers," Trump, who named conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch to the court last year, told an applauding audience in the White House East … [Read more...] about Donald Trump announces his pick for the US Supreme Court
Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement from the United States Supreme Court has sparked fears over universal abortion rights as President Donald Trump looks for an ultra-conservative replacement judge. Before Trump's election, the court was finely balanced at four Republican appointees against four Democratic picks, with one seat vacant, and the then-candidate pledged to nominate only anti-abortion justices. Abortion is largely a state-level issue in the US, although the legal right to access nationwide was enshrined in the landmark 1973 decision known as "Roe vs Wade." "There is a very high risk that Roe vs Wade would be seriously excoriated by the soon-to-be nominated United States Supreme Court justice," women's rights lawyer Gloria Allred told AFP. Kennedy, a Ronald Reagan appointee, was considered a moderating voice on a variety of contentious issues, including abortion, and the Center for Reproductive Rights has described his departure as "devastating." Left-wing Senator … [Read more...] about Abortion row reignites as US supreme court justice retires
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement Wednesday, giving President Donald Trump a golden chance to cement conservative control of the high court. The 81-year-old Kennedy said in a statement he is stepping down after more than 30 years on the court. A Republican appointee, he has held the key vote on such high-profile issues as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voting rights. Kennedy said he had informed his colleagues and Mr. Trump of his plans, and that his retirement will take effect at the end of July. Mr. Trump praised Kennedy as a man of "tremendous vision" and said his search for a new justice would begin "immediately." Without Kennedy, the court will be split between four liberal justices who were appointed by Democratic presidents and four conservatives who were named by Republicans. Mr. Trump's nominee is likely to give the conservatives a solid majority and will face a Senate process in which Republicans hold the … [Read more...] about Supreme Court Justice Kennedy retires: What’s next?