Nightly Brief

Your Monday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the Supreme Court announced on Monday that it would consider whether partisan gerrymandering violates the Constitution; also on Monday, the High Court struck down a North Carolina law that bars convicted sex offenders from using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other popular social websites; crystals from the inside of a volcano are helping researchers gain insight into magma reservoirs that lie below volcanoes, and more.

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1.) In National news the U.S. Supreme Court took up a challenge by Wisconsin voters to partisan gerrymandering.

2.) Siding with Asian-American rockers who cheekily call themselves The Slants, the Supreme Court upheld an order Monday striking down the disparagement clause at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as unconstitutional.

3.) The Supreme Court on Monday struck down a North Carolina law that bars convicted sex offenders from using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other popular social websites.

4.) In Regional news, California’s trial courts will see no new funding from the $125 billion budget the Legislature passed Thursday, but with an added $22 million for dependency counsel and the promise to backfill revenue losses from Gov. Jerry Brown’s driver’s license initiative, the judiciary could have made out worse.

5.) In the second week of a planned eight-week showdown between South Dakota-based Beef Products Inc. and ABC News over defamation claims, jurors viewed a clip from “Jaime Oliver’s Food Revolution” in the basement of the Union County courthouse in Elk Point, South Dakota.
Ray Tensing, the former University of Cincinnati police officer, testifies on the seventh day of his retrial in Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Leslie Ghiz’s courtroom Friday, June 16, 2017, at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati. (Cara Owsley/The Cincinnati Enquirer, via AP, Pool)

6.) Closing arguments wrapped up Monday morning in the retrial of Ray Tensing, a former University of Cincinnati police officer who shot and killed unarmed black man Sam DuBose, and jurors will now decide if he is guilty of murder.

In this Sept. 17, 2015, photo, Dr. Eloisa Tamez walks in her backyard where the border fence passes through her property, in San Benito, Texas in the Rio Grande Valley. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

7.) Progress on President Donald Trump’s pet project – construction of a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border – has stalled as Congress has withheld funding, but the government’s renewed interest in buying South Texas land is raising concerns it’s doing groundwork for the wall.

8.) In Science news, crystals from the inside of a volcano are helping researchers gain insight into magma reservoirs that lie below volcanoes, which send signals of impending eruptions up to centuries before they occur.
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