Nightly Brief

Top CNS stories for today including the U.S. Supreme Court agreeing to consider whether foreigners whose families were maimed or killed in attacks on Israel can sue Arab Bank and other institutions; the high court also ruled that a sentencing judge may consider the harsh, mandatory sentence handed down for a felony when determining the appropriate punishment for lesser offenses committed at the same time; scores of political heavyweights including former Secretary of State Madeline Albright assure the Fourth Circuit that there is no national-security risk in blocking President Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, and more.

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1.) Terror-Support Case Against Arab Bank Heads to High Court

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider whether foreigners whose families were maimed or killed in attacks on Israel can sue Arab Bank and other institutions they say support terrorists.

2.) Justices End Circuit Split Over Subpoena Appeals

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that appeals of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission subpoenas should only be reviewed for abuse of discretion by a federal judge, finding no need to weigh the evidence again.

3.) High Court Upholds Right to Discretion in Sentencing

A unanimous Supreme Court on Monday ruled a sentencing judge may consider the harsh, mandatory sentence handed down for a felony when determining the appropriate punishment for lesser offenses committed at the same time.

4.) National-Security Heavyweights Blast Revised Travel Ban

Warning of devastating policy and human-rights costs, 42 political heavyweights including former Secretary of State Madeline Albright assured the Fourth Circuit on Friday that there is no national-security risk in blocking President Donald Trump’s discriminatory Muslim ban.

5.) Judge Allows Suit Accusing Trump of Inciting Violence

By telling his supporters to “get ‘em out of here,” President Donald Trump may have incited violence against protesters at a Louisville campaign rally last year, a federal judge ruled Friday.

6.) California Tax Collector Slammed on Mismanagement

Following a 2015 finding that California’s tax board mishandled $47.8 million in sales tax revenue, State Controller Betty Yee called on lawmakers Friday to strip the board of its tax administration, audit and compliance duties.

7.) Oregon Oyster Farmer Fights Flood of Cow Poop

A federal judge appeared sympathetic Friday to an Oregon oyster farmer who claims his livelihood is endangered by the state’s failure to regulate fecal coliform bacteria pollution from nearby dairy farms.

8.) Team Cosby Fights to Suppress Quaalude Admission

Arguments became heated Monday afternoon as prosecutors fought to have the jury in Bill Cosby’s upcoming assault trial hear the comedian, in his own words, say that he gave women quaaludes before having sex with them.

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