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South Korea’s Ex-President Park to serve 20-years in prison
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South Korea’s Ex-President Park to serve 20-years in prison

South Korea’s Ex-President: On Thursday, the apex court of South Korea reasserted the verdict with regard to 20-years imprisonment of former President Park Geun-hye. South Korea’s  ex-President was arrested in 2017 due to her involvement in multiple crimes ranging from abuse of power, embezzlement of funds to bribery. Besides the sentence, she was fined with 18 billion won ($16.4 million) and was asked to forfeit another 3.5 billion won.

The 68-year-old, faced impeachment in 2016 and was officially thrown out of the power in in March 2017. She was taken into custody towards the end of that month and has since been kept behind bars. Park was excommunicated from the presidential office before the completion of her five-year term. She still had one year left when she was booted out. 

The immediate cause of her exit was violation of the country’s election law, as she interfered in a party nominee selection ahead of the 2016 general election. Besides, in her subsequent trials, she was also charged for taking bribes from big conglomerates such as Samsung and Lotte Group and was accused of conspiring with her longtime friend Choi Soon Sil.

Park called herself a victim of political retribution and stopped attending court sessions since initial phase of her trials. She did not even appeal against the verdict of the Seoul High Court, which awarded her 20-year sentence in July 2020. The final sentence 20-years of imprisonment was 10 years less than what was originally proposed. According to the earlier verdict, Park was to serve 30-years in jail, including 25 years for bribery involving transactions from big corporate houses, and five years for misappropriation of funds related to South Korea’s National Intelligence Service.

But in October 2019, country’s Supreme Court ordered the Seoul High Court to treat her bribery case separately from other charges. The apex court eventually repealed the verdict sending it back to a lower court for a retrial. It resulted in the Seoul High Court giving ruling of 20-years of imprisonment in July.

Another blow to Trump’s Presidency claim, SC rejects Texas lawsuit
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Another blow to Trump’s Presidency claim, SC rejects Texas lawsuit

Trump’s Presidency claim: On Friday, US Supreme Court rejected Texas case, which put up a plea suing four states, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, challenging their election results. The case, backed by US outgoing President Donald Trump, emphasised that the measures taken by these states to alter voting by introducing mail-ballet in the name of health concerns amid coronavirus were “unlawful”.

The apex court dismissed the case, which would have caused a big blow to Trump’s relentless endeavours to turnabout the election decision which other recognised Joe Biden as a the winner and next US President.

This week Republicans faced a similar fate, when Republican Senator Mike Kelly along along with other Trump allies challenged US President-elect Biden’s win in Pennsylvania elections. Kelly’s lawsuit questioned validity of 2.5 million mail-in ballots and demanded the court to overturn the election result in Pennsylvania. Much to GOP’s disappointment, the apex court turned down the Republican plea demanding judicial intervention to invalidate Pennsylvania state’s certification of its election results.

On Thursday, the states mentioned in the Texas lawsuit urged Supreme Court to reject the plea, highlighting that the entire case was nothing but a publicity stunt which rested on “bogus” claims and aimed at overturning election results. 

“What Texas is doing in this proceeding is to ask this court to reconsider a mass of baseless claims about problems with the election that have already been considered, and rejected, by this court and other courts,” Josh Shapiro, Pennsylvania’s Democratic attorney general, mentioned in a filing to the nine justices.

This might put an end to Trump’s repeated claims of being the real winner of the November 3 Presidential elections. Trump allies and supporters have filed multiple lawsuits challenging the election outcome, but none so far has been found true in its claims. In terms of votes, the US electoral college reported that Biden won 306 as compared to Trump’s 232, which made the democratic candidate a clear winner. On Monday, the electoral college would formally appoint Biden as the country’s next president.

US Supreme Court turns down Trump’s claims objecting to Biden’s Pennsylvania victory
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US Supreme Court turns down Trump’s claims objecting to Biden’s Pennsylvania victory

Biden’s Pennsylvania Victory: On Tuesday, US Supreme Court rejected the outgoing President Donald Trump’s claims challenging US President-elect, Joe Biden’s win in Pennsylvania elections. Trump ally, Republican Senator Mike Kelly along with other Pennsylvania Republicans filed a case in the apex court after the November 3 presidential election on the ground that the state’s 2019 deadline expansion of mail-in voting was illegal as per the state law. Kelly’s lawsuit questioned validity of 2.5 million mail-in ballots and demanded the court to overturn the election result in Pennsylvania.

The Republican plaintiffs mentioned that the universal, “no-excuse” mail-in ballot program introduced in the Republican-ruling Pennsylvania legislature in 2019, enabling voters to cast ballots by mail for any reason, was a breach of the state’s constitution. The mail-in ballet provision was suggested keeping in mind people’s health and safety amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The apex court turned down the Republican plea demanding judicial intervention to invalidate Pennsylvania state’s certification of its election results. The rejection was a big blow to the GOP’s long-shot attempt to challenge Biden’s Presidency. Trump has been making claims of wining the elections and has been throwing lawsuits to back his claim, but so far in vain. Just hours the court’s verdict was about to get released, Trump made a direct appeal to state officials and members of the Supreme Court to help him in bringing out the truth and will of the voters.

“Let’s see whether or not somebody has the courage, whether it’s legislators or legislatures or a justice of the Supreme Court or a number of justices of the Supreme Court,” Trump said. “Let’s see if they have the courage to do what everybody in this country knows is right.”

The court, comprising nine judges, produced one-line order that rejected the Republican party’s plea. It said that the election results were already certified. Judges said that demanding nullification of the election result certification would mean to “undertake one of the most dramatic, disruptive invocations of judicial power”.

The Supreme Court panel included six conservative justices — including Trump’s three nominees — Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — and three liberals. The recent judgement marked Barrett’s first vote on an election-related dispute.

“This election is over. We must continue to stop this circus of ‘lawsuits’ and move forward,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter.

On Tuesday, besides Pennsylvania, a similar appeal was raised in Republican-dominate Texas. The legal appeal has also made in order to overturn the election results in three other states – Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin – by filing a direct lawsuit in Supreme Court.

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