Trump’s campus harassment rule puts Texas in court
Texas won a court ruling that could hamper Joe Biden’s plan to “quickly end” a Trump administrative rule that the new president said has weakened efforts to combat sexual harassment in schools and colleges.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican, was granted permission Thursday to intervene as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by 19 other states last year. She argued that the U.S. Department of Education rule in May undermined the landmark Title IX law that universities must be free of sex discrimination, including sexual assault and harassment.
US District Judge Carl Nichols, a Donald Trump-appointed representative, granted Texas’s motion because the Democratic Attorney General objected. Paxton’s concerns were based on “speculative fears” about the Biden administration.
Paxton’s move is his most recent move to defend politics ahead of Trump’s one-off presidency and indicates the legal challenges Biden may face as he implements his own initiatives. Last month, Texas won a restraining order against Biden’s plan to freeze deportations for 100 days, arguing that the break would violate an agreement the state had made with the Trump administration to be consulted on changes to immigration policy.
The Title IX case in federal court in Washington was on the right track when Biden, who took office last month, promised to change what he called the “green light to ignore sexual violence” rule . The new president’s criticism reiterated the lawsuit’s claim that the Trump rule undermines the privacy of victims and creates unfair barriers to filing complaints.
“Faced with these fundamental changes, Texas can no longer rely on the department to adequately defend its interests in defending the Final Rule,” said Paxton, an outspoken Trump booster, in the state’s motion for intervention, which was filed on the last full one Trump Administration Day.
In his ruling, Nichols said that the courts had “wide leeway” to allow the parties to intervene and that “Texas sought intervention near the time its interests departed from the Department of Education.
– Bloomberg News
Fashion mogul Peter Nygard has to stay in prison in Canada while fighting extradition
NEW YORK – Fallen fashion mogul Peter Nygard must remain in a Canadian jail as he battles extradition to Manhattan for sex trafficking, a Winnipeg judge ruled Friday.
Judge Shawn Greenberg said concerns that Nygard might manipulate witnesses outweighed the 79-year-old’s claims that his health was deteriorating behind bars. The judge said the mogul’s coronavirus fears did not warrant bail.
“It’s not a card that won’t get you out of jail,” the judge said, according to Reuters.
Nygard has been charged in Manhattan with lavish human trafficking since 1995 in which he drugged and sexually abused women at “pampering parties” in the United States, Canada and the Bahamas. He was arrested in Canada in December.
“On behalf of the survivors of Peter Nygard’s decades of sex trafficking conspiracy, we thank the Tribunal for recognizing the imminent threat that he and his myriad of conspirators pose to the safety and well-being of society. This is a first step on the belated road to justice for hundreds of innocent victims, ”said Greg Gutzler, attorney for more than 75 Nygard prosecutors.
A Nygard spokesman did not immediately respond to a request. He has alleged the prosecution was part of a conspiracy organized by his Bahamian neighbor, billionaire Louis Bacon.
It is unclear how long the extradition process will take, although Nygard is expected to face an aggressive legal battle.
– New York Daily News
According to the government, an Orlando man was arrested for flying drones in the Super Bowl restricted area
An Orlando man violated national airspace restrictions by flying a drone over events held in downtown Tampa on Wednesday in celebration of Super Bowl LV, US prosecutors said.
Henry Jimenez, 33, has been charged with violating national defense airspace in the Florida Middle District, the office said in a press release. If convicted, Jimenez could sit in federal prison for up to a year.
On February 3, the Federal Aviation Administration issued a temporary flight restriction to downtown Tampa to secure the area before Super Bowl LV.
FBI agents saw a drone flying near the Barrymore Hotel along the Tampa Riverwalk that same day and found Jimenez operating the drone about half a mile away.
Investigators found that Jimenez was flying his drone out of his line of sight and over people and moving vehicles, in violation of FAA regulations on the use of recreational drones.
Jimenez notified agents that he knew about the temporary flight restriction and showed them a warning he received from his drone application. He said he had an FAA license to operate the drone.
Authorities said data from the drone’s trajectory showed it was flying over Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park, where the NFL’s Super Bowl Experience takes place before Super Bowl LV. The ticket experience includes exhibits and interactive games, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
The park is 3.5 miles from Raymond James Stadium, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
– Orlando Sentinel
The doctor who treated Navalny after a poison attack in Siberia has died
MOSCOW – A Russian doctor who treated opposition leader Alexei Navalny in the wake of a poison attack last August has died at the age of 56.
The deputy head physician for anesthesiology and resuscitation, Sergei Maximishin, “died suddenly,” said his hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk. Maximishin had worked in the hospital for 28 years.
The hospital did not name the cause of death, but media reports said he had suffered cardiac arrest.
In November, the same hospital’s chief physician, Alexander Murakhovsky, who had come under pressure for his treatment of Navalny, was promoted to the position of regional health minister.
By that time Murakhovsky had confirmed that Navalny was suffering from a metabolic disorder, not the effects of poisoning. Navalny accused him of “falsifying” the diagnosis.
Navalny collapsed during a flight on August 20. After a stopover, the 44-year-old was taken to the Omsk hospital. On August 22nd, Navalny was flown to Berlin and treated for weeks in the Charite Hospital in the German capital.
After examining several laboratories, he was poisoned with the agent Novichok. Russia, on the other hand, claims it has not been able to prove that Navalny was poisoned and is not investigating the matter.
Navalny himself was arrested on his return to Moscow and sentenced to several years in prison earlier this week for allegedly violating the terms of his parole in a previous criminal case for fraud and embezzlement of funds in Germany.
Navalny was unable to meet the terms of his parole as he was in a coma for much of his recovery in Berlin, but when he sentenced him to prison, the Russian judge insisted that the rules apply in all circumstances.
– dpa, Berlin
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