PAKISTAN: ‘ Supreme Court Suspends Death Sentence of Christian Woman accused of Blashemy ‘ ed

#AceNewsReport – PAKISTAN:July.25: Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily suspended the death sentence of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi, accused of blasphemy, Reuters reported, citing her lawyer.

The farm worker and mother of four became the first woman to be sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy law in 2010. The Supreme Court will soon begin hearing an appeal against her conviction, according to lawyer Saif-ul-Malook.

The case hit global headlines after the murder of two politicians who tried to intervene on the woman’s behalf.

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RAINBOW: ‘ Same-Sex Marriage Breaks the Covenant of God Made with My People on Earth ‘

#AceNewsReport – Featured Update: July.05: ” It has been said that if the people in Germany had looked behind Adolph Hitler and His tyrannical regime (Isaiah 14), they would have found nothing behind him. It was all propaganda. Everything was pushed and propped up on deception and lies, until the truth and light exposed the lies and darkness” (Luke 12:2).

I put my Rainbow in the Cloud and it will Serve as Covenant between me and the Earth (Genesis 9:13)

I put my Rainbow in the Cloud and it will Serve as Covenant between me and the Earth (Genesis 9:13)

Did anyone think that it was rather odd that after the Supreme Court made “their” decision that the “first gay president” already had the rainbow lights set and ready to turn on the same night declaring that “Love wins.” It seems like he knew something beforehand.

(The rainbow was a symbol of peace between God and His people after He destroyed man for their wickedness (Genesis 9:15). Love and grace does not cover sin. Rather, it rebukes, condemns and empowers to overcome (Leviticus 19:17).

It was also interesting to note that 35 companies that made a covenant with death, which will be dis-annulled, and an agreement with hell, which shall not stand (Isaiah 28:18), were promoting the same symbolism along with the same slogans on their company logos a day before the decision came out.

How did they know?

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WASHINGTON: ‘ Texas Abortion Law Hearing & Ruling Ready for Supreme Court – Review ‘

#AceNewsReport – WASHINGTON (AP)June,21: Abortion is back before the Supreme Court, and the justices could signal by the end of June whether they are likely to take up the biggest case on the hot-button subject in nearly a quarter-century.

If the court steps in, the hearing and the eventual ruling would come amid the 2016 presidential campaign.

The court is considering an emergency appeal from abortion providers in Texas, who want the justices to block two provisions of a state law that already has forced the closure of roughly half the licensed abortion clinics in the state. Ten of the remaining 19 clinics will have to shut their doors by July 1, without an order from the Supreme Court.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE ON SAME-SEX-MARRIAGE ACROSS AMERICA UNDER CONSTITUTION ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is getting back in the marriage business and in what will become a landmark decision, for or against. The justices agreed Friday to decide a major civil rights question: whether same-sex couples have a right to marry everywhere in America under the Constitution. 

The court will take up gay-rights cases that ask it to overturn bans in four states and declare for the entire nation that people can marry the partners of their choice, regardless of gender. The cases will be argued in April, and a decision is expected by late June.

The court chose not to decide this issue in 2013, even as it struck down part of a federal anti-gay marriage law that paved the way for a wave of lower court rulings across the country in favour of same-sex marriage rights.

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‘ CONGRESS MULLS OVER HOW TO CURTAIL NSA’S COLLECTION OF AMERICAN’S PHONE RECORDS ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 28 – While Congress mulls how to curtail the NSA’s collection of Americans’ telephone records, impatient civil liberties groups are looking to legal challenges already under-way in the courts to limit government surveillance powers.

Three appeals courts are hearing lawsuits against the bulk phone records program, creating the potential for an eventual Supreme Court review.

Judges in lower courts, meanwhile, are grappling with the admissibility of evidence gained through the NSA’s warrantless surveillance.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL RECOGNISE SAME SEX MARRIAGE IN SIX NEW STATES ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 26 – In the latest development following the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this month to decline to hear any pending cases regarding same-sex marriage.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced Saturday that the federal government will now recognize same-sex married couples in six new states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ Supreme Court Blocks Wisconsin ID Voter Law ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON – October 10 – The Supreme Court on Thursday night blocked Wisconsin from implementing its new voter identification law on the eve of next month’s elections.

In a related action, a district court judge in Texas ruled that state’s voter ID law is racially discriminatory and violates the Voting Rights Act.

The state attorney general’s office said it would appeal.

Both Wisconsin and Texas had claimed the new rules were intended to crack down on instances in which voters impersonate others at the polls.

Such incidents are extremely rare, courts have found.

The Supreme Court’s order reverses a trend established by the justices in two other cases from Ohio and North Carolina, in which they allowed voting restrictions imposed by Republican legislatures to take effect. 

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WASHINGTON: ‘ The Legality of National Security Letters Issued by the Government Could Reach Supreme Court ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) THE LEDE: The legality of national security letters issued by the government is slated for debate Wednesday during oral arguments in front of a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

An undisclosed telecommunications company sued the Justice Department in 2011, arguing the letters, which require companies to turn over some customer information without a court order, are unconstitutional. Federal Judge Susan Illston agreed in a 2013 ruling. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is representing the undisclosed client, which will not be revealed at Wednesday’s hearing.

The group has called the case ground-breaking, while others have speculated it could reach the Supreme Court. 

“Months before Edward Snowden kicked off the international debate over electronic surveillance, EFF scored a major victory when a federal judge ordered the FBI to cease its practice of issuing NSLs—demands to telecommunication providers to provide information about their users that are not approved in advance by a judge,” the group said in a statement. 

The lower court judge ruled last year that the company’s First Amendment rights were breached with a gag order, which forbids companies from revealing that they received the letters. She stayed her opinion to give time for the government to appeal.

The three judges assigned to the case are Sandra Ikuta, N. Randy Smith, and Mary Murguia. Ikuta and Smith were both appointed by former President George W. Bush. Murguia was appointed by President Obama.

The proceedings will be livestreamed by the court.

Overnight: Courtesy of the Hill  

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WASHINGTON: ‘ Supreme Court Denies Gay-Marriage Appeals in Five States ‘

#AceBreakingNews – Washington) – The Supreme Court has turned away appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriages, paving the way for an immediate expansion of gay and lesbian unions. 

The justices on Monday did not comment in rejecting appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. 

The court’s order immediately ends delays on marriage in those states. Couples in six other states should be able to get married in short order. 

That would make same-sex marriage legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia. 

But the justices have left unresolved for now the question of same-sex marriage nationwide.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ Senate Republicans Block Constitutional Amendment on Campaign Spending ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 12 – Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a constitutional amendment meant to reverse two recent Supreme Court decisions on campaign spending.

Senate Democrats need 60 votes to end debate on the measure, but fell short in the 54-42 party-line vote.

By Ramsey Cox

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‘ Hobby Lobby Contraception Legislation Stalls in Senate ‘

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 16 Senators blocked legislation Wednesday that would have required Hobby Lobby and other private employers with religious interests to pay for birth control.

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75943973 hobby

The Senate rejected, by a 56-43 vote, the first procedural motion to advance the bill. Sixty votes were needed to limit debate on the motion to proceed. Republican members Susan Collins of Maine, Mark S. Kirk of Illinois and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voted with nearly all Democrats in favor of cloture.

Before the vote closed, Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., switched his vote for procedural reasons.

The bill (S 2578) would upend a Supreme Court ruling last month in a case involving Hobby Lobby, in which they argued that they should not have to cover employees’ contraception, as required by President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, because of the owner’s religious beliefs. The Supreme Court agreed.

The measure, sponsored by Democrats Patty Murray of Washington and Mark Udall of Colorado, would prevent employers from refusing to cover contraception or any other type of health coverage guaranteed under federal law for their employees and dependents.

Republicans united in opposition, with some calling the legislation an attempt to restrict religious freedoms.

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` Israeli Defence Minister ` Sanctions Return of Jewish Settlers’ to their ` Homes’ Following Court Decision ‘

#AceWorldNews – HEBRON – April 13 – Israel’s Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon sanctioned the return of Jewish settlers to contested West Bank homes in the city of Hebron, according to a statement from the minister’s office. “Following the court decision… Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon today (Sunday) approved habitation of the house,” the statement said, reported AFP.

The area military instructor has been told to allow a “limited number of families” in the house, Yaalon said. A Supreme Court ruling after settlers were evicted in 2008 stated that defence ministry approval would be required for families to move back.

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` Radical Activists from ` Nationalist Right Sector Group ‘ are Attempting to Storm Kiev’s Court Building ‘

#AceWorldNews – KIEV – April 07 – (RT) – Radical activists representing nationalist Right Sector group are attempting to storm Kiev’s Supreme Court building. They have blocked the entrances into the building and surrounded its perimeter.

Around 100 activists prevented Supreme Court employees from entering the building through the back door.

Near the building, a stage has been set up with audio equipment. Car tires have been brought to the building, but haven’t yet been set on fire.

The activists disrupted the convention of judges that was scheduled for Monday.

A few judges, who were in the building before the attack, were led out of the building by the activists shouting “Lustration!”

The protesters are demanding to adopt the lustration legislation, which implies that people connected to a former regime may not get an office with the new authorities. The far right activists urge the judges to insure that almost 150 people who used to be close to the ousted government banned from power.

The 150 include Viktor Yanukovich, ex-head of presidential administration Andrey Klyuyev, ex-premiers Sergey Arbuzov and Nikolay Azarov, interior ministry and judicial officials – as well as their family members.

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` Four Mean Convicted of ` New Delhi Rape ‘ have had their Sentences Upheld by Delhi High Court ‘

#AceWorldNews Four men convicted of raping and murdering a woman in New Delhi had their death sentences upheld Thursday, Reuters reported.

The Delhi High Court confirmed the sentence of hanging handed down by a trial judge last September. Gym instructor Vinay Sharma, bus cleaner Akshay Kumar Singh, fruit seller Pawan Gupta, and unemployed man Mukesh Singh were sentenced to death for their part in the gang rape and killing of the 23-year-old woman in December 2012.

Defence lawyers said they would appeal to the Supreme Court.

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` Illinois ` State Appeals Court ‘ Judge Rules that `Chicago Police’ Misconduct are Public Record ‘

#AceWorldNews Illinois state appeals court ruled on Monday that misconduct complaints against Chicago police are public record and cannot be kept secret.

The ruling rejected law enforcement’s claim that the complaints were exempt from the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. As a result, files alleging misconduct by Chicago police, as well as files naming police officers who have received the most complaints, must be released to the public when requested.

The court sided with law enforcement in one situation, though, ruling that should a citizen complaint lead to some kind of disciplinary action against an officer, records from that process can still be kept confidential.

A spokeswoman for the city’s Law Department told the Chicago Sun-Times that it will likely take the case all the way to the state Supreme Court.

According to the newspaper, the ruling comes after requests for police files by the independent journalist Jamie Kalven were turned down as part of a federal lawsuit in 2009.

Since the plaintiffs and defendants in that case agreed to seal the police misconduct files under a settlement, the US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Kalven, a third party at the time, did not have legal standing to make the request.

Chicago Sun-Times – RT – Independent News Sources

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#AceBreakingNews says according to reports just received ‘…

#AceBreakingNews says according to reports just received,’ Iran‘s largest private bank is suing the British government for almost $4 billion in damages after the Supreme Court quashed sanctions imposed against it over alleged links to Tehran‘s nuclear programme.

Reuters,Voice of Russia

 

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#NSA : “High Court Agrees to Delve into Privacy and Technology to Test Whether Cellphones and Smartphones Can be Searched without Warrant”

#AceBreakingNews says WASHINGTON — Delving into the legal jungle of privacy and technology, the Supreme Court agreed Friday to consider two cases that test whether cellphones and smartphones can be searched without a warrant.

The cases, which could be heard by the court in April and decided by late June, involve searches performed by police that turned relatively minor traffic and drug infractions into major felony convictions. In both cases, the crucial information was found on the suspects’ mobile phones.

On one level, the cases represent an inevitable Supreme Court entry into the world of cellphones, owned by more than nine in 10 American adults. In the past few years, courts from California to Texas to Florida have split over the issue of cellphones and digital content.

For more on this story, go to http://usat.ly/1dYBqU3.

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#AceBreakingNews says Attorney General Eric Holder says government…

#AceBreakingNews says Attorney General Eric Holder says government will recognized same-sex marriages in Utah for the purposes of federal benefits, despite governor’s directive not to pending Supreme Court’s review of state’s ban.

More on this story http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/01/10/federal-government-oks-same-sex-marriage-benefits-in-utah/

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#AceBreakingNews says Obama administration in a Friday court…

#AceBreakingNews says Obama administration in a Friday court filing urges Supreme Court not to exempt Catholic groups from health care law’s contraception mandate after Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a temporary reprieve earlier in the week.

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“Archbishop Kurtz Asks President Obama for Temporary Relief from Burdensome Fines Against Ministries of Service to the Poor, Sick and Vulnerable”

English: President Barack Obama with Judge Son...

English: President Barack Obama with Judge Sonia Sotomayor in the East Room of the White House where the President introduced her as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court to replace retiring Justice David, May 26, 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceWorldNews says Archbishop Kurtz Asks President Obama for Temporary Relief from Burdensome Fines Against Ministries of Service to the Poor, Sick and Vulnerable

1. Urges temporary relief from HHS mandate while courts decide

2. Highlights other exemptions, extensions granted for economic, administrative reasons

3. Mandate’s penalties to hurt, rather than help, shared goal of expanding coverage

 

Extracts from WASHINGTON, Dec. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has asked President Obama to temporarily exempt religious institutions from crippling fines if their insurance plans exclude sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs and contraceptives.

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English: Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court justice (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Archbishop Kurtz also asked the President to consider that the U.S. Supreme Court already has agreed to hear two cases related to the mandate created by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). At least 90 cases have been brought to federal courts by individuals and institutions objecting to the imposition of the HHS mandate. Most of the decisions to date have favored those bringing suit.

Archbishop Kurtz’s request comes as the Administration has offered exemptions to numerous people and organizations having difficulty in implementing the ACA. Individuals who faced penalties for not meeting deadlines for enrollment have had deadlines extended. Businesses with 50 or more employees will not be fined if they drop or otherwise do not offer health insurance at all for 2014. After 2014, if these businesses do not offer a health insurance plan, they face a fine of $2,000 a year per employee.

Meanwhile, beginning as early as January 1, 2014, organizations such as church-sponsored universities, hospitals and social services, face a fine of $100 per day ($36,500 per year) per employee if they provide health coverage that does not include contraceptives, including abortion-causing drugs, and sterilization.

“The result is a regulation that harshly and disproportionately penalizes those seeking to offer life-affirming health coverage in accord with the teachings of their faith,” Archbishop Kurtz said. “The Administration’s flexibility in implementing the ACA has not yet reached those who want only to exercise what has rightly been called our ‘First Freedom’ under the Constitution.”

“I understand that legal issues in these cases will ultimately be settled by the Supreme Court,” he added. “In the meantime, however, many religious employers have not obtained the temporary relief they need in time to avoid being subjected to the HHS mandate beginning January 1.  I urge you, therefore, to consider offering temporary relief from this mandate, as you have for so many other individuals and groups facing other requirements under the ACA.”

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The entire letter follows:

Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of the Catholic bishops of the United States, I wish you and your family every blessing in this New Year.  The bishops pray regularly that you and our other public officials will have renewed strength to fulfill the duties of your office with integrity, justice and compassion.

In this regard, your Administration recently relaxed the rules governing individual health plans under the Affordable Care Act, so Americans whose current plans have been canceled may claim a “hardship exemption” from some requirements.  This is the latest in a series of actions to advance the ACA’s goal of maximizing health coverage, while minimizing hardships to Americans as the Act is implemented.  For example, the ACA exempts small employers from the mandate to offer health coverage, and you have suspended this mandate for all employers through 2014.

One category of Americans, however, has been left out in the cold: Those who, due to moral and religious conviction, cannot in good conscience comply with the HHS regulation requiring coverage of sterilization and contraceptives. This mandate includes drugs and devices that can interfere with the survival of a human being in the earliest stage of development, burdening religious convictions on abortion as well as contraception. To date, at least 90 lawsuits representing almost 300 plaintiffs have been filed to challenge this mandate, and the Supreme Court has agreed to hear two of these cases in its current Term. Most lower courts addressing the issue have found merit in the plaintiffs’ claims and granted at least temporary relief, while some courts have denied relief or have yet to act.

Many Catholic and other nonprofit institutions caring for those in need through education, health care and other services are not exempt from the contraceptive mandate.  For reasons articulated by the courts, the Administration’s final rule of July 2013 does not alleviate the burden on their religious freedom.

Please consider, then, the result of your Administration’s current policies.  In the coming year, no employer, large or small, will be required to offer a health plan at all. Employers face no penalty in the coming year (and only $2000 per employee afterwards) for canceling coverage against their employees’ wishes, compelling them to seek individual coverage on the open market.  But an employer who chooses, out of charity and good will, to provide and fully subsidize an excellent health plan for employees – but excludes sterilization or any contraceptive drug or device – faces crippling fines of up to $100 a day or $36,500 a year per employee.  In effect, the government seems to be telling employees that they are better off with no employer health plan at all than with a plan that does not cover contraceptives.  This is hard to reconcile with an Act whose purpose is to bring us closer to universal coverage.

The result is a regulation that harshly and disproportionately penalizes those seeking to offer life-affirming health coverage in accord with the teachings of their faith.  The Administration’s flexibility in implementing the ACA has not yet reached those who want only to exercise what has rightly been called our “First Freedom” under the Constitution.

I understand that legal issues in these cases will ultimately be settled by the Supreme Court. In the meantime, however, many religious employers have not obtained the temporary relief they need in time to avoid being subjected to the HHS mandate beginning January 1.  I urge you, therefore, to consider offering temporary relief from this mandate, as you have for so many other individuals and groups facing other requirements under the ACA.

Thank you for considering this urgent plea. Again, be assured of my continued prayers in the coming year as you seek to serve the American people.

Sincerely yours,

Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville
President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

SOURCE  U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

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