A day of resignations, consumer protections, and Supreme Court discussion!
Happening in the World: Katalin Novák, the first female President of Hungary, resigned live on television due to outrage over her granting a pardon to a man convicted of forcing children to retract sexual abuse claims. Judit Varga—at the time, the minister of justice who approved the pardon—also resigned from her position of leading the elections campaign for the ruling Fidesz party. (BBC)
Happening in the US: Oklahoma District Judge Traci Soderstrom has agreed to step down and never seek another judicial office in Oklahoma after video footage caught her sending more than 500 texts during a murder trial. During investigation, it was found that she sent texts consisting of mockery and reactions towards the trial’s happenings. Soderstrom took office last year. (AP)
Happening in NYC: Gov. Kathy Hachul’s newest consumer protection law now requires New York businesses to show credit card surcharge before checkout. The law aims to provide transparency and help decrease the amount of New Yorkers being misled when purchasing with credit cards. (CBS)
Happening in Our Community: From 12:10 pm to 1 pm on Monday, February 12, Steve Valdeck, author of The Shadow Docket: How the Supreme Court Uses Stealth Rulings to Amass Power and Undermine the Republic, will give a book talk. His book urges bringing the Supreme Court’s use of the docket to quietly make decisions that affect millions of Americans to light. Lunch will be provided for registered guests.
Letter of Resignation on Typewriter via Wikimedia Commons