Nightly Brief

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including legal experts warning the Senate about serious constitutional flaws that undermine their attempts at giving Special Counsel Robert Mueller some job security; Missouri’s Attorney General announcing he will hire an independent investigator to find out if his predecessor withheld evidence before Anthony Lamar Smith’s family settled a wrongful death lawsuit; London’s National Gallery told it need not surrender Henri Matisse’s 1908 oil painting “Portrait of Greta Moll” to Moll’s heirs, whose lawsuit failed at every point, and more.

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Robert Mueller, then FBI director, listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

1.) In National news legal experts warned the Senate on Tuesday about serious constitutional flaws that undermine their attempts at giving Special Counsel Robert Mueller some job security.

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner listens as President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

2.) The House Oversight Committee on Monday night requested more information on the use of private email account by President Donald Trump’s closest advisers, following multiple reports that White House staff members are using private email to conduct official business.

3.) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service illegally green-lighted destruction of thousands of acres of habitat for one of the last wild jaguars in the United States for an Arizona copper mine, the Center for Biological Diversity said in a federal lawsuit Monday.

Activists gather outside the St. Louis courthouse where former police officer Jason Stockley’s murder trial was heard. (AP Photo/Jim Salter,File)

4.) In Regional news Missouri’s Attorney General will hire an independent investigator to find out if his predecessor withheld evidence before Anthony Lamar Smith’s family settled a wrongful death lawsuit in the case of the black man who was killed by the white policeman who was cleared of a murder charge this month.

Dean and Adam Skelos (AP Photo)

5.) Federal prosecutors vowed Tuesday to do better at retrial of former a New York senator and his son after Supreme Court precedent on corruption prosecutions upended the extortion convictions.

In this April 16, 2007, photo, Brendan Dassey appears in court at the Manitowoc County Courthouse in Manitowoc, Wis. (Dan Powers/The Post-Crescent, Pool, File)

6.)The en banc Seventh Circuit heard arguments Tuesday over whether Brendan Dassey of “Making a Murderer” fame was coerced into confessing to the rape and murder of a Wisconsin woman a decade ago.

Evaporation-harvested energy can cut by half the water lost to natural evaporation, researchers say. Water-strapped cities with growing populations and energy needs could benefit most, including greater Phoenix, served by the above reservoir and irrigation system fed by the Colorado River. (Photo: Central Arizona Project)

7.) From the world of Science comes word that evaporation could serve as a robust and bio-friendly option for energizing the United States and other nations, scientists reported Tuesday.

8.)In International newsLondon’s National Gallery need not surrender Henri Matisse’s 1908 oil painting “Portrait of Greta Moll” to Moll’s heirs, whose lawsuit failed at every point, a federal judge ruled, dismissing it with prejudice.
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