A court ruling knocks another hole in Swiss banking secrecy

Too many yodels, not enough whistles DURING HIS decade-long legal battle with the Swiss authorities, Rudolf Elmer, a bank whistleblower, has endured 48 prosecutorial interrogations, spent six months in solitary confinement and faced 70 court rulings. None, though, has been more important than the decision by Switzerland’s supreme court on October 10th, which set strict limits […]

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a trailblazer for women’s rights even before she was on the Supreme Court

Before Ruth Bader Ginsburg became a Supreme Court justice, she was widely acknowledged as a trailblazer in establishing women’s rights. As a lawyer who played a prominent role in several Supreme Court cases, Ginsburg’s work against sex discrimination helped to change the way we all think about women. In 1971, Ginsburg wrote a brief that persuaded […]

Turkish court lifts house arrest, travel ban of detained US pastor Andrew Brunson

Published time: 12 Oct, 2018 13:42 Edited time: 12 Oct, 2018 13:50 A Turkish court will release imprisoned US pastor Andrew Brunson, who was jailed for alleged terror links following 2016’s failed coup attempt. Brunson’s arrest has soured US-Turkish relations, with Trump pushing for his release. The court passed a 3 years and 1-1/2 month […]

KAVANAUGH IS CONFIRMED: Embattled Supreme Court nominee secures 50 votes in the Senate

Getty Images Judge Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court the votes of 50 senators, bringing to a close weeks of bitter partisan fights and protests over the nominee, who faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and doubts about his truthfulness under oath.  A conservative who served in President George W. Bush’s White House, […]

Protests erupt outside the Supreme Court and Capitol as Brett Kavanaugh is sworn in

Alex Brandon/AP Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday by 50-48 votes in the Senate. He was sworn in that evening in a private ceremony. Before, during, and after the vote, protesters and activists flooded the areas outside the Supreme Court and the US Capitol to oppose his confirmation. Kavanaugh’s confirmation process has […]

Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford say their client is not interested in seeing Brett Kavanaugh impeached from the Supreme Court

Win McNamee/Getty Images Attorneys for Christine Blasey Ford say their client is not interested in murmurings that Democrats may seek to impeach Judge Brett Kavanaugh if they reclaim the House of Representatives in the November midterm elections. “Professor Ford has not asked for anything of the sort,” attorney Debra Katz said to CNN. “What she […]

2 Supreme Court justices who will soon share the bench with Brett Kavanaugh spoke about partisanship on the high court

Allison Shelley/Getty Images Supreme Court justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan gave remarks about their experiences on the nation’s highest court, and talked specifically about the idea of political bias on the bench. Justice Sotomayor said “we have to rise above partisanship in our personal relationships.” Sotomayor spoke broadly about how Supreme Court justices need […]

Senate votes to advance embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to a final vote

Zach Gibson/Getty Images The US Senate has voted to invoke cloture on the confirmation of embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by a narrow 51-49 margin. Kavanaugh is now guaranteed a final vote after no more than 30 hours of floor debate, meaning the final floor vote on his confirmation could occur as soon as Saturday night.  […]

'F*ck Kavanaugh' lipstick and 4 other below-the-belt attacks on embattled Supreme Court nominee

Many might have felt that the Senate hearing was humiliation enough for Brett Kavanaugh, at least until he is actually found guilty of any crime. For others, it was just the beginning. Campaigning cosmetics F*ck Kavanaugh lipstick is definitely empowered female anger, and not tone-lowering opportunism. After all what could be more defiant than the […]