Nightly Brief

Your Wednesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the U.S. Supreme Court ruling unanimously that Americans injured in a 1997 Hamas suicide bombing cannot seize clay tablets and other Iranian artifacts to satisfy a $71 million judgment; a federal judge sparks division in the digital-media realm by finding that media outlets had violated a photographer’s copyright by embedding a tweet that contained his work; with a $2.7 billion voter-approved bankroll ready to be spent on new dams and water projects, a California state agency is being accused of sitting on the funds; Virginia lawmakers pass legislation intended to expand public access to court records; a new study finds the range of potential health benefits from drinking red wine might include protection against cavities and gum disease, and more.

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National

Photo courtesy of the University of Chicago.

1.)  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that Americans injured in a 1997 Hamas suicide bombing cannot seize clay tablets and other Iranian artifacts from the University of Chicago to satisfy a $71 million judgment.

The Supreme Court in Washington is seen at sunset. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

2.)  An immigrant who was sentenced for illegal re-entry based on a miscalculated recommendation courted sympathy Wednesday from the Supreme Court.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at the Georgetown University Law Center campus in Washington on Sept. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

3.)  A securities whistleblower must alert regulators to benefit from federal anti-retaliation protections, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, dealing a blow to a man who reported issues internally.

Judge Neil Gorsuch speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, after President Donald Trump announced Gorsuch as his nominee for the Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

4.) A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a federal statute governing how much prevailing prisoners must pay their lawyers is unambiguous, and that as a result, 25 percent of their judgment must be used to cover attorney’s fees before defendants have to pick up any of the cost.

A group of photographers. (Photo by DerFalkVonFreyburg via Wikipedia Commons)

5.) A federal judge sparked division in the digital-media realm by finding that media outlets had violated a photographer’s copyright by embedding a tweet that contained his work in a report about New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

Regional

6.) With a $2.7 billion voter-approved bankroll ready to be spent on new dams and water projects, a California state agency is being accused of sitting on the funds.

The Chattanooga Confederate Cemetery. (Photo by Daniel Jackson/CNS).

7.) The Tennessee city of Chattanooga filed court papers to relinquish responsibility for the maintenance of a local Confederate cemetery, one of the latest developments in the national debate about monuments to the Confederacy and their place in modern society.

The Supreme Court building in Richmond. (Photo by Morgan Riley via Wikipedia Commons)

8.) The Virginia General Assembly Wednesday advanced legislation to expand public access to court records with bipartisan support after a local paper lost a lawsuit seeking information on sentencing disparities across the Commonwealth.

Science

9.) The range of potential health benefits from drinking red wine might include protection against cavities and gum disease, a new study finds.

International

A view of the Sochi Olympic Park, Russia. (Photo via WIkipedia Commons)

10.) Financed by a oligarch who owns the Brooklyn Nets, three Russian athletes brought defamation claims Tuesday against the whistleblower who exposed their country’s doping program.

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