‘History’: Ketanji Brown Jackson officially joins US top court | Courts News

Justice Jackson takes oath to begin tenure as the first Black woman on the US Supreme Court. US Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has been sworn in to start her lifetime appointment as the first Black woman to serve on the country’s top court. Jackson took the oath of office to replace retiring Justice … Read more

Russia must ensure British fighters not executed: European court | Russia-Ukraine war News

The European Court of Human Rights orders Russia to ensure two Britons captured after fighting for Ukraine do not face the death penalty. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ordered Russia to ensure that two Britons captured while fighting for Ukraine do not face the death penalty. A court in the Russia-backed self-proclaimed … Read more

US top court limits federal gov’t power to curb plant emissions | Courts News

In a blow to the fight against climate change, the US Supreme Court has limited how the nation’s main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. By a six-to-three decision on Thursday, with conservatives in the majority, the court said that the Clean Air Act does not … Read more

‘Dangerous times’: US Muslims mull implications after fall of Roe | Women News

Sumayyah Waheed describes her current mindset as one of “grim determination”. That is a change from the sense of devastation that Waheed, senior policy counsel at US civil rights group Muslim Advocates, says she felt when the United States Supreme Court last week ended the constitutionally-protected right to abortion in the country. “This ruling empowers … Read more

R Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex crimes | Sexual Assault News

R&B star R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for using his superstardom to subject young fans — some just children — to systematic sexual abuse. The singer and songwriter, 5th singer and songwriter, 5th if they were convicted of sex trafficking last year that they gave voice voice accusers who had … Read more

US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to step down on Thursday | Courts News

Breyer’s departure paves the way for Ketanji Brown Jackson to start her tenure as the first Black woman on US top court. US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will step down this week, setting the stage for Ketanji Brown Jackson to start her tenure as the first Black woman on the top court. Breyer, who … Read more

US top court expands state power over Native land in Oklahoma | Courts News

The state can prosecute non-Native Americans for crimes committed on tribal land when the victim is Native, the United States Supreme Court rules. The US Supreme Court has ruled that Oklahoma can prosecute non-Native Americans for crimes committed on tribal land when the victim is Native American. The five-to-four decision on Wednesday cut back on … Read more

Ghislaine Maxwell given 20 year sentence for sex trafficking | Courts News

Maxwell in court told victims that she was ‘sorry’ but prosecution argued that Maxwell had shown an ‘utter lack of remorse’. Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday for helping the sex offender and globetrotting financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls. The British socialite, 60, was convicted in December of … Read more

Texas judge blocks pre-Roe v Wade abortion ban | Women News

Abortion performed up to the sixth week of pregnancy can now resume in Texas at some clinics, US legal groups say. A judge in Texas has blocked officials from enforcing a dormant 1925 abortion ban that the US state’s Republican attorney general said was back in effect after the United States Supreme Court overturned the … Read more

Latin American activists undeterred despite US abortion rollback | Women News

Feminists in Latin America have long understood their struggle for abortion rights to know on the borders. So when the United States Supreme Court decision that stripped women of their right to an abortion in the country became official last week, the blow was personal across North and South America. “We can’t confide in the … Read more