Poland’s isolation deepens as Supreme Court law takes effect

  • Protesters gather in front of Poland’s Supreme Court building in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, July 4, 2018 to support the court’s president, Malgorzata Gersdorf, as she arrived for work, saying she was defending the rule of law, in defiance of a new law that is forcing her and many other of the court’s judges to retire while their terms are still running. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

  • The president of Poland’s Supreme Court, Malgorzata Gersdorf, arrives for work at the Supreme Court building in Warsaw, Poland, Wednesday, July 4, 2018 saying she is defending the rule of law, in defiance of a new law that is forcing her and many other of the court’s judges to retire while their terms are still running. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s international isolation and political uncertainty at home deepened on Wednesday as a purge of the Supreme Court’s justices took effect, with the chief justice defiantly refusing to step down.

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