Supreme Court Passes on Workplace Religious Bias Cases

Supreme Court Passes on Workplace Religious Bias Cases Supreme Court Passes on Workplace Religious Bias Cases (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

Andrew Chung Monday, 05 April 2021 09:58 AM

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sidestepped a chance to further expand religious rights, turning away two cases in which employees accused companies of violating federal anti-discrimination law by insufficiently accommodating requests for time off to meet religious obligations.

The justices declined to hear appeals by two men of different Christian denominations – a Jehovah's Witness from Tennessee and a Seventh-day Adventist from Florida – of lower court rulings that rejected their claims of illegal religious bias. Lower courts found that the accommodations the men sought would have placed too much hardship on the employers.

In a dissent, conservative Justices Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito said the court should have taken up the case from Tennessee.

At issue in the cases was the allowances companies must make for employees for religious reasons to comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on religion as well as race, color, sex and national origin.

Rosenstein: Wait, see what John Durham finds on Crossfire Hurricane

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 03: Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is sworn in at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill on June 03, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Republican-led panel is exploring issues raised with warrants issued in the FBI investigation, code named "Crossfire Hurricane" at the time, of Trump campaign officials in the 2016 presidential race. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

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Former Deputy U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has tried to keep the Russia probe alive. During an interview Sunday, Rosenstein said the investigation was “not a witch hunt,” believing the DOJ had credible information.

In 2017, Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Muller to spearhead the investigation into Russian collusion with President Trump’s 2016 campaign. This came after several Obama-era officials flagged the campaign in their Crossfire Hurricane operation.

Rosenstein stood by his decision to look into Russian interference as he believed it would give closure to the American public.

“The Special Council operates within the mandate of the Department of Justice, so there was a significant difference structurally in, of course, Special Counsel,” Rosenstein said. “The reason I appointed him was because I believed that it was important to promote public confidence in the independence and outcome of the investigation of Russian election interference.”

In the meantime, Rosenstein urged Americans to “wait and see” what Special Council John Durham finds regarding the origins of the Russia probe. Durham has yet to reveal any findings of his investigation throughout his nearly two years looking into the matter.

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Alan Dershowitz to Newsmax TV: More Pardons, Less Indictments

Alan Dershowitz to Newsmax TV: More Pardons, Less Indictments (Newsmax TV's "Saturday Report")

By Eric Mack | Saturday, 26 December 2020 10:17 AM

President Donald Trump is well within his constitutional rights to grant pardons, and, in fact, there should be more pardons and less talk about indicting the president once he leaves office, according to legal expert Alan Dershowitz on Newsmax TV.

"I certainly hope he doesn't get indicted; that's what banana republics do: They indict their presidents after their presidents lose an election," Dershowitz told "Saturday Report," saying "there is no real possibility" of Trump being indicted. "Let's let the president go on; let's have him finish his term.

"I hope comes to the inauguration; I hope for peaceful transition, and already we see a peaceful transition going on. Let's move on to the next administration: No incriminations, no prosecutions."

Media criticism of President Trump's recent pardons are ignoring the amount of former President Barack Obama's pardon total at the end of his first term and the constitutional authority to correct miscarriages of justice with restorative justice.

"The media is just wrong: President Trump understands better than previous presidents that the pardon power is part of the system of checks and balances," Dershowitz told host Carl Higbie. "He understands when the executive and judicial branches get out of whack, it's the job of the president to restore justice."

Trump's pardons to date, even if they have been tied to the Russia investigation, are neither corruption nor unwarranted, Dershowitz said.

"No only is it not corrupt, it's absolutely proper," Dershowitz added. "The president feels very strongly that the Mueller commission acted improperly – and if that's his belief and he believes that strongly, and he has a basis for it, he should be pardoning and commuting people who were the victims of an injustice.

"That's not corruption."

In fact, Dershowitz wishes "the president in his last days would grant even more pardons," praising the pardon review process the Trump administration has in place.

"I think he should be praised and commended, and I think he should give more pardons, more commutations, and exercise his full power under the Constitution," Dershowitz added. "That's what he's supposed to do."

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Bidens Send Christmas Message to America

Bidens Send Christmas Message to America jill and joe biden stand onstage Joe Biden walks offstage with his wife, Jill Biden, after speaking Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (Patrick Semansky/AP)

By Jeffrey Rodack | Friday, 25 December 2020 12:10 PM

Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, taking time to recognize the many Americans who are struggling this year, wished everyone a Merry Christmas.

Their comments came in a two-minute video posted to his Twitter account Friday morning.

''Jill and I wish you and your family peace, joy, and happiness this season,'' Biden said. ''But we know for so many of you in our nation, this has been a very difficult year. And we’re reminded in this season of hope our common humanity and what we’re called to do for one another.

''Many of our fellow Americans are struggling to find work, literally put food on the table, pay their rent or their mortgage. We’re reminded we’re on this Earth to care for one another, to give what we can, and to be a source of help and hope to friend and stranger alike."

His wife noted this is also a season of gratitude.

''And we’re so thankful for the frontline and essential workers who have put themselves at risk for all of us — and for the scientists and researchers who worked to deliver vaccines that are an incredible scientific breakthrough.''

The Bidens concluded their message by saying: ''So from our family to yours: Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.''