Nightly Brief

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the Senate striking down four competing immigration proposals, ending a long-awaited immigration debate without passing a bill; the Fourth Circuit ruling President Trump’s latest travel ban targeting individuals from six Muslin-majority countries unconstitutionally discriminates against practitioners of the Islamic faith; the Fifth Circuit affirming that Texas’ biggest county unconstitutionally imposes cash bail on poor misdemeanor defendants; a new study finds household cleaners, paints, perfumes and other chemical products that feature compounds refined from petroleum now contribute about as much to urban air pollution as vehicle emissions, and more.

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National

Immigrant rights supporters gather at the U.S. Capitol in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

1.) The Senate Thursday struck down four competing immigration proposals, ending a long-awaited week of immigration debate without passing a bill.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, walks through a basement passageway at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

2.) The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved four of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees, including a nominee to the Seventh Circuit who did not receive approval from one of his home-state senators.

Muslim and civil rights groups and their supporters gather at a rally against “muslim ban” in front of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

3.) The Fourth Circuit ruled Thursday that President Trump’s latest travel ban targeting individuals from six Muslin-majority countries unconstitutionally discriminates against practitioners of the Islamic faith.

U.S. Bank tower in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Ricardo360/Wikipedia)

4.) America’s fifth largest bank must pay a $528 million penalty after admitting Thursday that its failure to file a suspicious-activity report on one of its customers was willful, and that it failed to address money-laundering threats.

Regional

Criminal Justice Campaign Director Tarsha Jackson speaking about the bail lawsuit during a press conference outside the Harris County Criminal Justice Center in Houston on May 4, 2017. (Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle via AP)

5.) The Fifth Circuit affirmed Wednesday that Texas’ biggest county unconstitutionally imposes cash bail on poor misdemeanor defendants, but vacated an injunction requiring the county to release them from custody within 24 hours.

6.) A Seventh Circuit judge who personally opposes abortion dominated questioning at a hearing Thursday on Indiana’s law banning abortions motivated by a fetus’ gender, race or disability, which primarily impacts women seeking to abort rather than have a baby with Down syndrome.

 

7.) The federal government sued Arizona on Wednesday, claiming the state failed to give absentee voters enough time to consider the finalized and official ballot ahead of a Democratic special primary election.

The Thurgood Marshall U.S. Courthouse at 40 Centre Street, New York. (Photo by Sheila via Wikipedia Commons)

8.) Upholding a law that requires charities to identify their donors to New York state, the Second Circuit shut the door Thursday on a challenge by the group Citizens United.

Science

9.) Household cleaners, paints, perfumes and other chemical products that feature compounds refined from petroleum now contribute about as much to urban air pollution as vehicle emissions, a new study finds.

International

10.) Social media platforms – in particular Facebook and Twitter – haven’t gone far enough to comply with EU consumer-protection laws, the European Commission said Thursday.

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