Man Who Abducted Teen, Killed Parents, Gets Life Sentence

A Wisconsin judge on Friday handed a life sentence to a man convicted of abducting a 13-year-old girl after killing her parents, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. Jayme Closs on Friday urged Barron County District Judge James Babler to deliver a life sentence to Jake Patterson, the young man who killed her parents in their western Wisconsin home before abducting the 13-year-old and holding her captive for nearly three months until her escape. Babler heard the pleadings of the teen and members of her family, and sentenced the 21-year-old Patterson to life in prison without the possibility of parole. “I was shocked by the brutalness,” said Babler, pointing out he has never seen a more…

Supreme Court Delays Gerrymandering Rulings In Michigan, Ohio

The United States Supreme Court agreed to put on hold lower court rulings that ordered new voting maps in Michigan and Ohio on Friday, according to Politico. The move was expected since the highest court in the country is considering similar cases concerning partisan gerrymandering out of Maryland and North Carolina. The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling on those cases by the end of the current term in June. Officials from Michigan and Ohio called on the court to step in to freeze the lower court orders while the justices consider the other cases; which the justices granted with no noted dissents.The cases concerning partisan gerrymandering are likely to be one of the most…

Supreme Court Delays Gerrymandering Rulings In Michigan, Ohio

The United States Supreme Court agreed to put on hold lower court rulings that ordered new voting maps in Michigan and Ohio on Friday, according to Politico. The move was expected since the highest court in the country is considering similar cases concerning partisan gerrymandering out of Maryland and North Carolina. The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling on those cases by the end of the current term in June. Officials from Michigan and Ohio called on the court to step in to freeze the lower court orders while the justices consider the other cases; which the justices granted with no noted dissents.The cases concerning partisan gerrymandering are likely to be one of the most…

Supreme Court Delays Gerrymandering Rulings In Michigan, Ohio

The United States Supreme Court agreed to put on hold lower court rulings that ordered new voting maps in Michigan and Ohio on Friday, according to Politico. The move was expected since the highest court in the country is considering similar cases concerning partisan gerrymandering out of Maryland and North Carolina. The Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling on those cases by the end of the current term in June. Officials from Michigan and Ohio called on the court to step in to freeze the lower court orders while the justices consider the other cases; which the justices granted with no noted dissents.The cases concerning partisan gerrymandering are likely to be one of the most…

British Consumers Dump Huawei Phones After U.S. Blacklisting

British consumers have begun trading in smartphones from Huawei Technologies in growing numbers since the Chinese tech giant was hit by a U.S. supply blacklist, the South China Morning Post reported. Trade-in and price-tracking companies report a surge in British consumers trading in devices from the Shenzhen-based manufacturer, while interest among buyers fizzles. The numbers show concerns around the company have extended beyond trade talks and corporate procurement and turned into backlash at retail, where Huawei makes most of its sales. Gadget trade-in website WeBuyTek, which buys and resells about 36,000 handsets a year, has seen a 540 percent increase in the number of Huawei devices…

British Consumers Dump Huawei Phones After U.S. Blacklisting

British consumers have begun trading in smartphones from Huawei Technologies in growing numbers since the Chinese tech giant was hit by a U.S. supply blacklist, the South China Morning Post reported. Trade-in and price-tracking companies report a surge in British consumers trading in devices from the Shenzhen-based manufacturer, while interest among buyers fizzles. The numbers show concerns around the company have extended beyond trade talks and corporate procurement and turned into backlash at retail, where Huawei makes most of its sales. Gadget trade-in website WeBuyTek, which buys and resells about 36,000 handsets a year, has seen a 540 percent increase in the number of Huawei devices…

British Consumers Dump Huawei Phones After U.S. Blacklisting

British consumers have begun trading in smartphones from Huawei Technologies in growing numbers since the Chinese tech giant was hit by a U.S. supply blacklist, the South China Morning Post reported. Trade-in and price-tracking companies report a surge in British consumers trading in devices from the Shenzhen-based manufacturer, while interest among buyers fizzles. The numbers show concerns around the company have extended beyond trade talks and corporate procurement and turned into backlash at retail, where Huawei makes most of its sales. Gadget trade-in website WeBuyTek, which buys and resells about 36,000 handsets a year, has seen a 540 percent increase in the number of Huawei devices…

Indonesian Opposition Files Legal Challenge Over Election Results

Lawyers for the Indonesian opposition presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto submitted a lawsuit to the Constitutional Court on Friday night which challenges the results of the April 17 election, according to Reuters. Prabowo has claimed the vote was rigged for Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who won 55.5 percent of the votes in the poll to lead the world’s third-largest democracy. The opposition candidate received 44.5 percent of the vote, according to the General Election Commission (KPU) on Tuesday. The election agency said there was no evidence of systemic cheating and independent observers also said the poll was free and fair.“Hopefully this will be a part of realizing a democratic…

Indonesian Opposition Files Legal Challenge Over Election Results

Lawyers for the Indonesian opposition presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto submitted a lawsuit to the Constitutional Court on Friday night which challenges the results of the April 17 election, according to Reuters. Prabowo has claimed the vote was rigged for Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who won 55.5 percent of the votes in the poll to lead the world’s third-largest democracy. The opposition candidate received 44.5 percent of the vote, according to the General Election Commission (KPU) on Tuesday. The election agency said there was no evidence of systemic cheating and independent observers also said the poll was free and fair.“Hopefully this will be a part of realizing a democratic…