World No1 Halep prevails for first slam, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 Halep becomes first Romanian to win major in 40 years 4.35pm BST Here’s Kevin Mitchell’s report from Roland Garros on Simona Halep’s long-awaited first grand slam victory. Thanks as always for following along with us and be sure to check back tomorrow for full coverage of the men’s final between Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem. Related: Simona Halep surges back against Sloane Stephens to win French Open 4.34pm BST “I see Darren [Cahill] there with the Romanian flag,” Halep says. She adds that she’s really like to play another final at Roland Garros “because this is my favorite court, it’s a really beautiful one”.She adds: “Last year it was tough to talk because I lost that match. I was dreaming about this moment since I was 14. Thank you for supporting me. I wanted this trophy to be here in France. Of course many congrats to Sloane. Last year you won US Open and you done a great job after those injuries. I know you will play many finals in the future. Good luck and take care of your body.” Continue reading…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2018/jun/09/french-open-2018-sloane-stephens-simona-halep-live-score

In Bandstra v. Covenant Reformed Church, (IA Sup. Ct., filed 6/1/2018), the Iowas Supreme Court held that the 1st Amendment and parallel state constitutional provisions bar negligence claims against elders of the church for their response to disclosure that the church’s pastor was having sexual relations with several women he was counseling.  The court said in part:Following [the pastor’s] resignation, the elders sought to help the congregation move forward and heal. The means by which they chose to counsel and advise the congregation is outside the purview of the government. Plaintiffs argue “a reasonable church would seek assistance for parishioners and not label victims ‘adulteresses.’ ” Yet, that is precisely the type of determination that the Religion Clauses prohibit…. A court cannot dictate what teachings and services a church offers its parishioners. Nor can we disapprove of the elders deciding, pursuant to their duty as religious authorities, that the women would be best healed by simply confessing their “sins.”However the court allowed one of the plaintiffs to move ahead with a negligent supervision claim, holding:While the decision whether to invite certain speakers, or use certain rhetoric, is protected religious decision-making, reasonable supervision of an employee is a principle of tort law that applies neutrally to all employers. Further, the Church confirmed during oral argument that the Church’s supervision, or lack thereof, was not grounded in any religious doctrine or teachings.It also held that the trial court properly dismissed a number of defamation claims. [Thanks to Tom Rutledge for the lead.]

Source: http://religionclause.blogspot.com/2018/06/iowa-supreme-court-dismisses-negligence.html

The memo drafted by Trump’s lawyers outlines unbridled powers and essentially claims the president is above the law Donald Trump’s vision of executive power is so expansive that it would make Richard Nixon blush. The memo outlining unbridled presidential powers drafted by his lawyers for Robert Mueller goes far beyond what even the biggest fans of strong, unitary executive power, like the late US supreme court justice Antonin Scalia, ever dreamed. It essentially puts the president above the law.Trump’s legal claim of limitless power would mean that he can defy any subpoena from Robert Mueller and his lawyers also say he has immunity from obstruction of justice charges related to his firing of the former FBI director James Comey. Continue reading…

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/04/trump-russia-pardon-power-president