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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot search a home when one resident invites them in but another tells them to go away, provoking a strong objection from the new chief justice about the possible impact on battered women. The 5-3 decision put new limits on officers who want to search for evidence of a crime without obtaining a warrant first. If one occupant tells them no, the search is unconstitutional, justices said. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote his first dissent, predicting severe consequences for women who want police to come in but are overruled by abusive husbands. The decision ended a trend of one-sided rulings by the court. About two-thirds of the 30 rulings under the leadership of Roberts have been unanimous, a high number on a court that has in the past been polarized along ideological lines. The court’s liberal members, joined by centrist Anthony M. Kennedy, said that an officer responding to a domestic dispute call did not have the authority to enter and search the home of a small-town Georgia lawyer in 2001 even though the man’s wife invited him in. Janet Randolph called police to the home in Americus, Ga., and – over her husband’s objections – led the officer to evidence used to charge Scott Randolph with cocaine possession. That charge has been on hold while courts considered whether the search was constitutional. The state of Georgia had the backing of the Bush administration and 21 other states that argued cooperation with law officers should be encouraged. The case turned on the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches – with a twist. Justices looked at the rights of people who share their homes – a common situation in America where many households include extended families. “The law acknowledges that although we might not expect our friends and family to admit the government into common areas, sharing space entails risk,” Roberts wrote in a dissent that was almost as long as the main opinion. Justice David H. Souter, the court’s only unmarried member, wrote the majority opinion. “We have to admit we are drawing a fine line,” he said. He said that because there was no evidence of wrongdoing, Janet Randolph’s invitation to enter did not trump her husband’s refusal to let police conduct a search. “Assuming that both spouses are competent, neither one is a master possessing the power to override the other’s constitutional right to deny entry to their castle,” Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in a side opinion. In all, the eight members who participated in the case wrote six different opinions, swapping barbs. Conservative Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas wrote separate dissents. It was surprising, considering that the court in recent months has been harmonious on emotional issues including abortion limits, religious freedom and a protest of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays. Souter called Roberts’ concerns about domestic violence a “red herring.” “This case has no bearing on the capacity of the police to protect domestic victims,” Souter wrote. “The question whether the police might lawfully enter over objection in order to provide any protection that might be reasonable is easily answered yes.” Justice Samuel Alito did not participate in the case, because he was not on the court when it was argued. The case is Georgia v. Randolph, 04-1067.last_img read more

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first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesIt has been an eventful day at QPR, whose efforts to revamp their squad continue.West London Sport revealed this week that Rangers will listen to offers for Ariel Borysiuk after he failed to impress Ian Holloway.The Polish midfielder’s former club Lechia Gdańsk have since shown an interest in taking him back to his homeland on loan.Rangers manager Holloway has paid tribute to Karl Henry but revealed he would not have given him a new contract had he been in charge in the summer.That prompted Henry to confirm on Twitter that, as West London Sport revealed, he had recently fallen out with Holloway.Holloway has also made it clear that he would like to send youngsters Olamide Shodipo and Osman Kakay out on loan.Meanwhile, Tjaronn Chery’s move from QPR to Chinese club Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng has been confirmed.Rangers and Fulham have both been charged by the FA following the angry scenes during the final minutes of Saturday’s derby at Loftus Road. Fulham have agreed a deal to sign Werder Bremen midfielder Athanasios Petsos on loan.Embed from Getty ImagesBut the Whites’ promotion hopes suffered a setback when they were beaten 1-0 at Reading, where Chris Martin had a penalty saved for the second successive match.And West Ham look likely to finally complete the signing of Scott Hogan from Brentford following weeks of negotiations between the two clubs.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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first_img19 August 2015South African golfer Brendan Grace says he is not backing down as one of the world’s top contenders in professional golf.The 27-year-old finished third in this year’s final golf major – the PGA Championship – held at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin, United States from 13 to 16 August. Grace put himself in contention with a remarkable 64 on 15 August, but shot 69 the next day.His score was 15-under par, five shots behind champion Jason Day of Australia and two behind the US’s Jordan Spieth. “I’m getting closer in the majors, which I want to do,” Grace said in an interview published on the Sunshine Tour’s official website. “I feel that the game is keeping up and the standard of golf that I’m playing is showing. And I don’t have to step down for these guys.”Grace has two wins on the European Tour and in the Dimension Data Pro-Am on the Sunshine Tour in the bag.His reward – besides the satisfaction of knowing he belongs in the rarefied company of the world’s best players – was his own little climb in the Official World Golf Rankings to 20th, just seven spots behind the top-ranked South African player, 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen.The sense of belonging is a critical contributor to why he has had such a good year: “I think you just kind of relax as you go into the major weeks now,” said Grace.“I just told my caddie Zach [Rasego] as we were walking up 18, it’s amazing how these weeks turn out. My first two rounds of golf weren’t spectacular at all and I just grinded away and look where I finished up.“I made a couple of silly mistakes around the turn. That disappointing double bogey on the 10 got me back, too far back.”He admitted that Day was a tough competitor this week. “He played some marvellous golf and I don’t think anybody would have caught him this week. But if those silly mistakes weren’t in there, you never know what could have been at the finish.”Grace’s year is already a success. He can relax and chase victories wherever he chooses now, and get himself up for a renewed attempt to unlock the door to a major victory next year.“This year after Augusta, my approach to the majors been a lot quieter,” he said. “I’ve been much more relaxed and I’m just taking it as it comes, really. Play maybe one, maybe two practice days and just go with it. And I think that’s been a key to getting to where I am.”He was not the only South African taking part in this year’s final major. George Coetzee was the second best placed South African, finishing on 12-under par after shooting 67 in the final round at Whistling Straits on 16 August.Ernie Els finished tied for 25th on 5-under par, while Louis Oosthuizen (-4) and Charl Schwartzel (-3) were further back. The other South Africans competing in the event – Tim Clark, Rory Sabbatini and Johan Kok, who was born in South Africa – had missed the cut.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

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first_imgFormer Trinamool Congress leader and ex-Mayor Sovan Chatterjee delivered a new twist in Bengal politics on Tuesday when he visited Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the occasion of Bhai Phonta. Mr. Chatterjee had recently joined the BJP and the decision to meet Ms. Banerjee embarrassed the top BJP leaders.“Anyone can meet any other person during an auspicious occasion. He has been visiting her [Ms. Banerjee] for several years during Bhai Phonta. It is not an issue,” said BJP State president Dilip Ghosh.Ms. Banerjee or Mr. Chatterjee did not comment about the visit.last_img