Lieberman falls out of top spot for FBI
Former U.S. senator Joe Lieberman, who had risen to the top of President Trump’s list of candidates to serve as the next FBI director, has fallen from the top tier amid concerns about bipartisan pushback to his nomination. A senior official said Lieberman — who has no law enforcement experience — is still being considered, but there are concerns within the White House about his viability as a candidate.
Jury is selected for Cosby trial
A 12-member jury has been selected for Bill Cosby’s criminal trial as both sides agreed on a final member after clashing over the panel’s racial makeup. Two members of the jury are black, a man and woman both in their 30s or 40s who, like the other jurors selected, said they could be fair in the sexual assault case against Cosby. The other 10 jurors appear to be white. The jury has a total of seven men and five women, a majority of whom appeared to be between ages 20 and 40. There were two women in their 50s and 60s, and one man in his 70s or 80s.
States join ban of conversion therapy
At least nine states now ban “conversion therapy” for minors, a discredited method meant to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, after Nevada and Connecticut joined others in prohibiting the practice. Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada signed a bill making it illegal for medical or mental health care professional to provide sexual orientation or gender conversion therapy to anyone younger than 18. In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a similar law on May 10.
Court approves same-sex marriage
A court in Taipei ruled in favor of allowing gay marriage, paving the way for Taiwan to become the first country in Asia to legalize same-sex unions. Taiwan’s top court found that the country’s Civil Code, which states that only a man and a woman can agree to marry, violated constitutional guarantees on the right to marry and the right to equality. It gave the government two years to implement the ruling.
Scientist questions most populous status
Yi Fuxiang, a Chinese scientist based in Wisconsin, boldly challenged the assumption that China is the most populous country. He laid out arguments that India may already be more populous than China, saying China’s real population may be 1.29 billion people, 90 million fewer than the government’s estimate of 1.38 billion in 2016. Yi cited what he said were inconsistencies among birthrate, hospital and school statistics. India’s population, on the other hand, had grown to 1.33 billion in 2016, the U.N. said.
Captain sentenced for sex with servicemen
A military court in South Korea sentenced an army captain to six months in prison for having sex with other servicemen, igniting an outcry against what rights groups called a homophobic “witch hunt” in the military. The prison term for the captain was suspended for one year, which meant that if he did not break the law again in the next year, he would not go to prison. But he will be dishonorably discharged unless his conviction is overturned.