Nightly Brief

     The day’s top stories from Courthouse News in short takes with links.
     
     1.) Hillary Clinton to Claim Long-Sought Place in History Tonight
     Hillary Clinton will formally accept the Democratic party’s nomination for president Tuesday night, capping a drive for the White House that began nine years ago, but was a dream until deferred by the two term presidency of Barack Obama.
     
     2.) California Delegates Deeply Divided Despite Talk of Unity
     Former Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday assured the California delegation that after four days in Philadelphia, the Democratic party is unified behind Hillary Clinton. But deep rifts continued to divide those in the room, even as Holder delivered his feel-good message.
     
     3.) Trump Tries to Walk Back Comments on Russia; Pence Event Bars Reporter
     Donald Trump rebuked those who found fault in his latest controversial utterance on Wednesday, telling anyone who would listen that “of course” he was being sarcastic when he said should find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails.
     
     4.) Greens Drop SoCal Smog Suit After Air Clears
     Environmental groups voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after it deemed the Los Angeles-South Coast Air Basin is in compliance with particulate matter pollution standards
     
     5.) Doubts About Integrity of 9/11 Evidence Raised
     A defense attorney for one of the five suspected 9/11 hijacking plotters said Wednesday that the chain of custody for evidence captured during nine overseas raids amounts to what his six-year-old would call a “disastrophy.”
     
     6.) Ohio Argues its Right to Purge Voting Rolls
     The state of Ohio, a key battleground state in this year’s presidential election, told a Sixth Circuit panel on Wednesday that it believes it has the right to purge from voter registration rolls anyone who hasn’t voted in consecutive federal elections and did not respond to inquiries about a change in their address, regardless of the reason.
     
     7.) 9th Circ. Guts Restitution Order in Tax Fraud Case
     A tax preparer convicted on dozens of counts of fraud cannot be forced to pay restitution in another tax fraud case in which he was not ultimately convicted, the Ninth Circuit ruled Thursday.
     
     8.) Corporate Lawyers Argue Over Colbert As ‘Colbert’
     After CBS “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert told viewers that lawyers representing his old Comedy Central show said he couldn’t be “Stephen Colbert” anymore, he thumbed his nose at them with a transparent dodge.

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