‘American Idol’ Judges Speak Out on Caleb Kennedy’s Exit

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During the live semi-final episode of American Idol on Sunday night (May 16), one glaring line-up change went unaddressed. The show was originally billed to feature the season’s Top 5 contestants, but only four Idol hopefuls wound up performing, as Caleb Kennedy had abruptly left the show days prior.

Kennedy’s departure came after a Snapchat video surfaced which showed him as a pre-teen, sitting next to someone who was wearing a hood similar to those worn by Ku Klux Klan members. Some versions of the video show the word “bow” written across the screen.

Though the show’s judges didn’t comment

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President Biden must nominate more Latino judges

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President BidenJoe Biden28 Senate Democrats sign statement urging Israel-Hamas ceasefire Franklin Graham says Trump comeback would ‘be a very tough thing to do’ Schools face new pressures to reopen for in-person learning MORE announced his third slate of judicial nominees last Wednesday, a group of candidates that was hailed for its diversity. Among his nominees are the second Black woman ever to serve on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the first Native American federal judge in Washington State — and Gustavo A. Gelpí Jr., the second Hispanic judge to serve on the Court of Appeals

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Canadian Investor Files Motion to Dismiss Kolomoyskyi-Friendly Judges in Illegal Disconnection Hearing

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KYIV, Ukraine, May 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ – TIU Canada, a major foreign investor in Ukrainian solar energy, filed a motion today to dismiss the three-judge panel set to hear its appeal in the illegal disconnection of the Nikopol Ekoteknik solar power plant case.  The judges have all previously ruled in favor of US government sanctioned oligarch Igor Kolomoyskyi against Ukraine’s state-owned Privatbank in another court decision1.  The three judges that ruled in favor of Kolomoyskyi were V.A. Korsack, O.V. Popikova, and O.O. Yevsikov.  The motion seeks to replace the potentially biased judges with objective judges.

There

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Judge rejects dismissal request in Falls shooting case | Local News

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A Niagara County Court judge has rejected a request to throw out the charges against a Falls man in connection with an April 2014 daylight shootout on Highland Avenue.

Judge Matthew J.Murphy III instead set a September trial date for Joachim Sylvester on attempted murder, assault and weapons possession counts.

Sylvester, 45, of the Falls, is free on $5,000 bail, after the Appellate Division Fourth Department of New York State Supreme Court ruled that Murphy had erred in allowing some evidence into his 2015 attempted murder trial. A five-judge panel of the Fourth Department court unanimously reversed Sylvester’s conviction by

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Chiaravalloti Bill Seeks to Protect Judges from Violence

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BAYONNE, NJ – More than 3,000 threats or inappropriate contacts against judges are made each year, the U.S. Marshal service has said, prompting legislation sponsored by Assembly Nicholas Chiaravalloti to increase penalties on those committing the crime.

“There have been some horrific incidents including one here in New Jersey with Judge Salas,” Chiaravalloti said, referencing an incident in July when the son of Federal Judge Esther Salas was murdered in the family’s North Brunswick home. “We are seeing these threats come more frequently in the age of social media, and we tried to recognize these are real.”

“It’s bad when

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