Special judge named in Sumner case | News

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ANDERSON — A Grant County judge has been appointed to preside over the criminal case involving Madison County Councilman Steve Sumner.

Sumner was arrested on felony criminal charges of child solicitation and possession of child pornography in December.

Grant County Superior Court 1 Judge Jeffrey Todd was appointed by Madison County Clerk Olivia Pratt after all the local judges recused themselves from the case.

All the Madison County judges are members of the Republican Party, the same political affiliation as Sumner.

Earlier this year, Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings, also a Republican, removed himself from the case, and Patrick Harrington,

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Judge dismisses lawsuit by Democratic AGs to recognize ERA

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A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by three Democratic state attorneys general that had sought to force the federal government to recognize Virginia’s vote last year to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment and add it to the Constitution.

Shortly after Virginia became the 38th state to ratify the amendment that supporters say will guarantee women equal rights under the law, the archivist of the United States declared he would take no action to certify the amendment’s adoption, citing an opinion from the Department of Justice under the Trump administration.

Constitutional amendments must be ratified by three-quarters of

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Judges vote to adopt new guidelines to reduce personal injury damages

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Judges have voted to adopt new guidelines aimed at reducing general damages awards for some personal injuries, particularly minor injuries, and ensuring awards are proportionate to the injuries sustained.

The majority of Judicial Council members, 146 of 168, participated in the virtual meeting on Saturday and 83 voted in favour, and 63 voted against, the guidelines.

Because a majority of those present voted in favour, the guidelines, prepared by the council’s Personal Injuries Guidelines Committee (PIGC), were adopted.

The Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee, will bring proposals to Cabinet on Tuesday on how to implement the guidelines, to take effect

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‘Fetch, Judgey! Get It Boy!!!’: Judge Does Not Take Kindly To Being Treated Like A Dog In Epic Benchslap

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Always read the local rules. Not some of the time, or hell, even most of the time — all of the time. If you don’t, well, you just might bear the brunt of a judge’s wrath — or worse, at least to my Catholic guilt-riddled mind, his disappointment.

This benchslap comes to Above the Law from Saskatchewan, Canada. But the ire of The Hon. Mr. Justice R.W. Danyliuk should be instantly recognizable to anyone who has practiced law. It seems a draft consent order was filed in Judge Danyliuk’s court, but without the proper notice and/or application form that is

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Equal Rights Amendment: Federal judge rules deadline to ratify ERA ‘expired long ago’

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Virginia, Illinois and Nevada had sued the archivist of the United States last year to “carry out his statutory duty” of publishing and certifying the ERA as the 28th Amendment to the Constitution. The ERA stands as a century-long dream for many women and activists as it would ban discrimination on the basis of sex and guarantee equality for women under the Constitution.

In their complaint, the three states’ Democratic attorneys general argued that Congress’ imposed deadline to ratify the ERA has not lapsed, because the time frame is not included in the amendment’s body text. They also argued that … Read the rest