Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including Dylann Roof being found guilty of all charges stemming from the 2015 murder of nine parishioners in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina; a $64 billion bullet train planned for California hits a lawsuit snag over bond funding; the Supreme Court agrees to settle a circuit split over the ramifications of bad legal advice in a deportation case, and more.

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1.) Dylann Roof Guilty On All Counts in Charleston Church Massacre

A jury in Charleston, South Carolina has convicted Dylann Roof of all 33 federal charges he faced in connection with the June 2015 shooting deaths of nine parishioners and wounding of three others at the city’s historic Emanuel AME Church.

2.) Ex-Rikers Guard Guilty for Fatal Inmate Beating

A federal jury delivered a guilty-on-all-counts verdict Thursday against a former corrections officer who kicked an inmate at Rikers Island to death in 2012.

3.) $64 Billion Bullet Train Hits Lawsuit Snag Over Bond Funding

Seeking to jump-start a $64 billion high-speed rail project stymied by lawsuits and design flaws, California regulators on Tuesday approved the sale of $3.2 billion in voter-approved bonds – and were quickly sued by critics yet again.

4.) Patent Battlefield Faces High Court Shake-Up

Legal experts say the Supreme Court is poised to shake up a Texas court’s dominance in patent-infringement battles after taking up a dispute between water-flavoring companies.

5.) Justices Tackle Bad Legal Advice in Deportation Case

The Supreme Court said it will settle a circuit split and decide whether an attorney’s bad advice is enough for a Tennessee restaurateur to negotiate a new plea or go to trial on a drug charge that would force him to be deported.

6.)  Ninth Circuit OK’s California’s Gun Waiting Period

The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday ruled that California law requiring people already in the state’s Automated Firearms System database wait 10 days to take possession after legally buying another gun is constitutional after all, reversing a trial judge.

7.) Tearful Witness Testifies in $21 Million Ponzi Case

A witness at a preliminary hearing Wednesday testified that she and her late mother lost $315,000 in an alleged $21.5 million Ponzi scam in which a movie director and insurance agent face criminal fraud charges.

8.) Fed Rejection of Sage Grouse Plan Prompts Suit

In March, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell traveled to the remote southeast corner of Oregon to praise locals for sticking to a collaborative process that forged a land use plan everyone could agree on. But Jewell’s rejection of a related collaborative plan is now the subject of lawsuit from a local group that helped create it.