Nightly Brief

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including an attorney for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort arguing that media reports featuring leaks from anonymous government officials have spoiled his client’s chances at a fair trial; Special Counsel Robert Mueller and lawyers for President Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn asked for two more months before the court schedules his sentencing; California Governor Jerry Brown announces a federal lawsuit accusing the EPA of illegally rolling back vehicle emissions standards; federal authorities charge nearly a dozen suspected asylum-seeking members of a caravan from Central America with illegal entry; a new study says fish farms could be the key factor in providing enough protein for a growing global population, and more.

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National

Paul Manafort accompanied by his lawyer Kevin Downing, right, arrives at U.S. Federal Court, in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

1.) In a series of motions filed Monday night, an attorney for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort argues that media reports featuring leaks from anonymous government officials have spoiled his chances at a fair trial and violated his constitutional rights.

Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn arrives at federal court in Washington, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

2.) Special counsel Robert Mueller and lawyers for President Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn asked for two more months before the court schedules his sentencing.

Gov. Jerry Brown discusses lawsuit filed by 17 states and the District of Columbia over the Trump administration’s plans to scrap vehicle emission standards during a news conference Tuesday, May 1, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

3.) Saying California’s conflict with the Trump administration “has sharpened,” Governor Jerry Brown announced a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday accusing U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt of illegally rolling back vehicle emissions standards.

4.) Attorneys for the president urged a federal judge Monday to dismiss the emoluments clause challenge he faces from nearly 200 members of Congress, insisting that none of the arguments raised by rafts of legal historians, constitutional law scholars and others salvage the suit.

5.) Aligned with the government in support of America’s first marine monument, environmentalists urged a federal judge Monday to sink a challenge by fishing groups.

Regional

Migrants wait for access to request asylum in the US, at the El Chaparral port of Entry in Tijuana, Mexico, Monday, April 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Hans-Maximo Musielik)

6.) Federal authorities on Tuesday charged nearly a dozen suspected asylum-seeking members of a caravan from Central America with illegal entry, as a handful of mothers and children from the group were allowed to begin the asylum process.

U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore holds up pages with a news story about himself as he speaks at a campaign rally, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Midland City, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

7.) Saying his opportunity to seek political office was hindered, failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore filed a defamation lawsuit against three women who publicly accused him of sexual misconduct in the weeks leading up to the special election in Alabama.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. (Associated Press)

8.) The Fifth Circuit on Monday heard Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office defend the state’s foster child care system, which one judge noted leaves the 12,000 children annually in its care with a five times greater risk of post-traumatic stress disorder than combat veterans.

Science

In this Sept. 17, 2015, image made from video provided by NOAA Fisheries, a diver swims amongst a fish farm off the shore of Hawaii’s Big Island near Kona. (Paul B. Hillman/NOAA Fisheries via AP)

9.) Fish farms could be the key factor in providing enough protein for a growing global population, according to a study released on Monday.

A fracturing operation in progress. (Photo by Joshua Doubek via Wikipedia Commons)

10.) A study released Tuesday offers the first evidence that chemicals found near fracking sites can damage the immune system, even as the United States and China jockey for world domination in the shale gas production market.

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