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Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged on Friday to hold a Senate vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Justice Ginsburg had died just hours earlier of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer at the age of 87. Ginsburg herself said just a few days before her death that she did not want her seat to be filled until after the election. “My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed,” she told her granddaughter. In the months leading up to the 2016 election, McConnell refused to consider President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland after the death that February of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia. But this situation — in which he’s trying to shoehorn a justice picked by President Trump just 46 days before a presidential election — is different, he says, making sure to justify his decision by reminding us that Republicans are, in fact, in both the presidency and the U.S. Senate. “Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president’s Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year,” McConnell said in a statement. “By contrast, Americans reelected our majority in 2016 and expanded it in 2018 because we worked with President Trump and support his agenda, particularly his outstanding appointments to the federal judiciary. Once again, we will keep our promise.” A right-wing justice would give the Supreme Court a 6-3 conservative majority, which could affect all types of issues from the Affordable Care Act to Roe v. Wade. So far, at least four Republican Senators have pledged that they will not consider a Supreme Court appointment until after the next inauguration, including Susan Collins, Chuck Grassley, Lisa Murkowski, and Mitt Romney.Democrats are calling for the Senate to wait until a new president is installed to vote on a Supreme Court nominee, saying that McConnell set a precedent with his refusal to consider Garland.“Mitch McConnell set the precedent,” Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey wrote on Twitter. “No Supreme Court vacancies filled in an election year. If he violates it, when Democrats control the Senate in the next Congress, we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court.” But McConnell has shown time and time again that he doesn’t care about precedent, or being a decent human — he only cares about power for the Republican Party.> Don’t for a minute think they won’t do it.> > — jess mcintosh (@jess_mc) September 18, 2020Register to vote here.Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Died At Age 87It's RBG's 87th Birthday & Fans Are Honoring Her<em>On The Basis Of Sex</em> Review
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Aneil Sanghera has been sentenced to two years less a day in jail and 18 months probation for the manslaughter of 41-year-old Pardeep Terry Dulay during a wedding ceremony at the Fraserview Hall in South Vancouver in 2017.Sanghera pleaded guilty last January. The two men were cousins, and the death caused a deep rift between the two families.During Sanghera's sentencing hearing last month the court heard that a fight broke out between Sanghera and Dulay on the balcony of the Fraserview Hall in Vancouver during the wedding celebration in 2017.The fight began when Dulay shoved Sanghera, leading to moments where both men gained the upper hand. However, it ended with Sanghera repeatedly kicking Dulay's unresponsive body on the floor.The Crown had asked for a sentence of four years.Impact on familyDuring the hearing, Dulay's family spoke of how his death has impacted them.Dulay's mother, Kalbir, described how when she is alone, she can still sometimes hear her son calling to her.She said that her family helped the Sangheras secure jobs at her late husband's company.Dulay's sisters also spoke, remembering their older brother, who they called Terry, as kind, mischievous and soft. They spoke of how he had struggled with drug addiction and the pride they felt that he was working through it.His youngest sister Aman spoke of how some days she feels numb, while other days are unbearable.His other sister Sandy, remembered being in the middle of the dance floor when she heard someone say Terry was hurt and the panic of the room as everyone rushed to the balcony.But she stopped at the doors after calling out her brother's name and receiving no response from the body on the floor. Her legs wobbled and she was unable to go any further, she said.Dulay left behind three young daughters.Targeted shooting against SangheraIn the defence's submission, lawyer Joven Narwal described a murder attempt against Sanghera in the fallout from the wedding.On May 4, 2018, Narwal said a masked man broke into the home of Sanghera's father-in-law, where Sanghera was staying. The man called out for Sanghera and eventually shot the father-in-law and a friend. Both survived.Sanghera was able to escape but Narwal explained how it led to Sanghera's diagnosis of PTSD.Delta police later confirmed there was evidence the shooting was motivated by the death at Fraserview Hall, Narwal told the court.The defence argued that the murder attempt and the effect it has had on Sanghera and his family are collateral consequences that should be taken into consideration when deciding the sentence.
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