What We’re Following
The United States and Canada will ground the Boeing 737 Max aircraft, now joining multiple other countries in Europe and Asia, days after all 157 people on board a jet of that model died in a crash near Addis Ababa. Grounding isn’t unprecedented for the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration: It grounded the 787 Dreamliner in 2013 and the DC-10 in 1979 (the DC-10 was still made until the 1980s, and the Dreamliner is still widely used). What will happen with the 737 Max? Was the FAA right to wait as long as it did?
Paul Manafort was sentenced to 43 months in prison on Wednesday for crimes including conspiracy and witness tampering (this follows the 47 months he received last week in a Virginia court). This time around, Manafort’s lawyers switched their tactics, imploring the judge for leniency while also trying to convince President Donald Trump of a pardon. But even that wouldn’t rid Manafort of his tangle of legal troubles: An hour after the ruling, he was indicted on more crimes by the Manhattan district attorney, charges that are ineligible for a presidential pardon.
With the Catholic Church slow to respond to the sexual-abuse crisis in its ranks, civil courts have stepped in. George Pell was sentenced this week by an Australian court to six years in prison—making him the highest-ranking Church official to face civil justice. The conviction is a breakthrough for victims’ advocates, and it comes just a month after a major meeting convened by Pope Francis to address the protection of children in the Church. “The momentum here is in the civil courts,” writes Rachel Donadio, “not Vatican City.”