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Boris Johnson’s Suspension of Parliament Ruled Illegal

Boris Johnson’s Suspension of Parliament Ruled IllegalReuters / Phil NobleBoris Johnson’s suspension of the British Parliament has been ruled to be unlawful in an explosive court decision in Scotland that accuses the prime minister of giving illegal advice to Queen Elizabeth.The prime minister suspended parliament in an arcane procedure known as prorogation earlier this week. Though the suspension is the normal way to end one session of the British Parliament and begin a new one, opposition lawmakers reacted with fury at the timing of the move as it took away weeks of precious parliamentary time just as the U.K. hurtles toward its scheduled exit date from the EU at the end of October.Scottish judges have now declared the decision unlawful after lawyers representing 75 British lawmakers from each of parliament’s major parties argued that it was designed to prevent the body from debating and taking action on Brexit. Johnson claimed he wanted to suspend parliament to allow him to introduce fresh legislation in a new parliamentary term.Asked by The Daily Beast what they expected to happen next, a British government minister responded only: “Bad things.”The shock decision is not expected to immediately reverse Johnson’s suspension of parliament as no order to do so was given by the judges in their Wednesday ruling. The British government will be forced to appeal the decision in a showdown at the U.K. supreme court next week.The three Scottish judges said in a brief draft statement Wednesday that they unanimously believe prorogation was motivated by stopping parliament holding the government to account. The judges added: “The prime minister’s advice to HM the Queen and the prorogation which followed thereon was unlawful and is thus null and of no effect.”The judges also ruled that Johnson’s advice to the Queen—who was asked to prorogue parliament by ministers from his government—was illegal. They said they believe “the PM’s advice to the HM the Queen is justiciable, that it was motivated by the improper purpose of stymying parliament and that it, and what has followed from it, is unlawful.”A spokesperson for the prime minister’s office said they were “disappointed” by the decision and confirmed an appeal, adding: “The U.K. government needs to bring forward a strong domestic legislative agenda. Proroguing parliament is the legal and necessary way of delivering this.”Opposition lawmakers urged the immediate recalling of parliament. Scottish National Party lawmaker Joanna Cherry, who led the challenge, warned the prime minister: “You cannot break the law with impunity, Boris Johnson. The rule of law will be upheld by Scotland’s courts and I hope also the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Sudan's Bashir brought down by people he ruled with iron fist

Sudan's Bashir brought down by people he ruled with iron fistSudanese leader Omar al-Bashir, long wanted on genocide and war crimes charges, was finally brought down in a popular uprising by the very people he ruled with an iron fist for 30 years. One of Africa’s longest-serving presidents, the 75-year-old had remained defiant in the face of months-long protests that left dozens of demonstrators dead in clashes with security forces. In what was clearly a last ditch effort to quell the protests, Bashir had imposed a state of emergency on February 22 after an initial crackdown failed to rein in the demonstrators.



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The Supreme Court Ruled That Immigrants With a Criminal Past Can Be Detained Years After Serving Time

The Supreme Court Ruled That Immigrants With a Criminal Past Can Be Detained Years After Serving TimeThe 5-4 ruling gives the federal government the power to detain immigrants with a criminal past years after they finish serving time



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Judge Who Ruled Against Obamacare Halts Order Pending Appeal

Judge Who Ruled Against Obamacare Halts Order Pending Appeal“Because many everyday Americans would otherwise face great uncertainty during the pendency of appeal, the court finds that the Dec. 14, 2018, order declaring the individual mandate unconstitutional and inseverable should be stayed,” U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor said in a filing Sunday in federal court in Fort Worth. O’Connor had agreed with a coalition of Republican states led by Texas that the ACA, the signature health-care overhaul by President Barack Obama, needed to be eviscerated after Congress in 2017 zeroed out a key provision — the tax penalty for not complying with the requirement to buy insurance.



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A Judge Ruled Obamacare is Unconstitutional, Here's How it Could Impact Your Health Insurance

A Judge Ruled Obamacare is Unconstitutional, Here's How it Could Impact Your Health InsuranceSigning up for the Affordable Care Act? Here’s how a federal judge ruling that Obamacare is unconstitutional affected open enrollment for 2019.



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Death of mob boss James 'Whitey' Bulger ruled a homicide

Death of mob boss James 'Whitey' Bulger ruled a homicideThe FBI is investigating Bulger's death, while new details reveal the notorious criminal was badly beaten in his cell. ABC News' Kendis Gibson reports.



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Parent's gunshot wounds ruled homicide in missing teen case

Parent's gunshot wounds ruled homicide in missing teen caseJayme Closs, 13, from Barron, Wisconsin, is missing after police found her parents' bodies.



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Drugs ruled out in Paris knife rampage: legal source

Drugs ruled out in Paris knife rampage: legal sourceA man being held after a knife attack that injured seven people along a canal in Paris was not under the influence of drugs at the time, a legal source told AFP on Tuesday. The suspect, believed to be an Afghan citizen in his 30s, was described by witnesses as acting drugged when he began striking people with a knife and iron bar on the Canal de l’Ourcq late Sunday. Two British tourists and an Egyptian visitor were among those injured, and three people were still in hospital as of Monday evening, including one in critical condition, a source close to the inquiry said.



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Man accused of murdering and eating his ex-girlfriend ruled mentally fit to stand trial

Man accused of murdering and eating his ex-girlfriend ruled mentally fit to stand trialA man accused of killing his former girlfriend and eating parts of her body has been deemed mentally fit to stand trial by a state psychiatrist. Joseph Oberhansley has been in prison in September 2014, when his ex-girlfriend Tammy Jo Blanton was found dead in her home in Jeffersonville, in the US state of Indiana. Mr Oberhansley is accused of breaking into Ms Blanton’s house, raping her, stabbing her to death, then sawing her head and body open to eat her brain, heart and lungs.



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Gulf Coast wreck ruled out as last slave ship

Gulf Coast wreck ruled out as last slave shipMOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Investigators have determined that an old wooden wreck found on the Alabama Gulf Coast isn't the last slave ship to land in the United States, the Alabama Historical Commission said Monday.



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