News in review: Week of Sept. 25

Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death and the Breonna Taylor trial.


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Supreme Court Jusitice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attends a public conversation at the University of Chicago on September 9, 2019, in Chicago.

Alex Maisenhelder, Online Manager

In the past week, there have been few headlines grabbing as much attention as the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the trial for the officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor.

Louisville officers Acquitted:
The officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor were acquitted in their grand jury hearing today, Sept. 23. Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that the two officers who fired into Taylor’s apartment will not be charged as their use of force was justified. Their use of force was justified due to the fact that Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, fired at the officers who then returned fire.

As of now, 11 p.m. on Sept. 23, two officers have been shot since the verdict of the trial became public. Prior to the announcement of the verdict, there were already numerous arrests. The only person indicted on any charges was Brett Hankison, who was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment. This is due to the fact that some of the bullets he fired while in Taylor’s apartment breached the wall and carried on into a neighboring apartment that housed a man, a pregnant woman, and a child.
The shooting of Breonna Taylor and its aftermath is going to be an issue that will continue to garner more headlines as protests and demonstrations will most likely continue in Louisville, and throughout the country.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death is one of the biggest moments in recent news, as her passing leaves an empty seat on the Supreme Court. This situation has some parity to four years ago when Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died nearing the end of Barack Obama’s presidency. Just like the party of the incumbent president, opinions within the government have switched. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was vehemently opposed to Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland and did not even have hold a hearing on it, and is greatly in support of Donald Trump nominating a replacement justice before the election this November.