Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump’s lawyers asserting  he’s immune while president from defamation claims brought by a former contestant on his reality TV show “The Apprentice”; Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye tells  the Legislature that the state needs a strong judiciary now more than ever to safeguard the rule of law against tyranny; the U.S. Geological Survey says Southern California may lose two-thirds of its beaches to rising sea levels by the end of this century, and more.

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1.) Trump Asserts Immunity Against Defamation Claims

Republican President Donald Trump’s lawyers say he’s immune while president from defamation claims brought by a former contestant on his reality TV show “The Apprentice.”

2.) California’s Chief Justice Delivers Pointed Message
California needs a strong judiciary now more than ever to safeguard the rule of law against tyranny, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye told the Legislature at her State of the Judiciary address Monday.

3.) SoCal Beaches Predicted to Lose 67 Percent

Southern California may lose two-thirds of its beaches to rising sea levels by the end of this century, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Geological Survey.

4.)Trump Scraps Obama-Era Climate-Change Polices

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that upends a host of climate regulations in the name of energy independence and job creation.

5.) High Court Slams Texas for Ignoring Killer’s Disability

Blocking the execution of an intellectually disabled killer Tuesday, the Supreme Court slammed Texas for ignoring medical evidence in favor of Steinbeck characters.

6.) Immigrant Given Bad Legal Advice Lobbies High Court

With a Korean immigrant’s U.S. residency hanging in the balance, the Supreme Court appeared divided Tuesday on pushing the limits of relief for ineffective assistance of counsel.

7.) Police Body-Camera Footage Access Debated in LA

Journalists, judges and attorneys Monday argued the benefits and pitfalls of releasing footage from police body cameras and cellphones at a time when high-profile fatal shootings and excessive force incidents have roiled minority communities.

8.) Lawyer Says White House Stopped Yates Testimony

A lawyer for former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates says the Trump administration squelched her testimony in a hearing about Russian meddling in the presidential election.

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