Nightly Brief

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including the Senate Judiciary Committee approving President Donald Trump’s choice for a seat on the Ninth Circuit, despite the objections of both of the nominee’s home-state senators; Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt’s top legal counsel resigns; former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff files a $60 million federal lawsuit alleging prosecutors, police and the FBI violated his rights during a 2014 bribery and corruption investigation; the use of the trademark Old Taylor Distillery – the namesake of E.H. Taylor, father of the modern bourbon industry – is contested before a Sixth Circuit panel; a new report misses the mark on the surge of the gig economy; the EU’s highest court rules that what consumers think of the Gaelic word glen is critical to a geographic-indication suit that the trade group for Scotch whiskey brought against a competitor in Germany, and more.

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National

Ryan Bounds (Photo via Facebook)

1.) The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved President Donald Trump’s choice for a seat on the Ninth Circuit, despite the objections of both of the nominee’s home-state senators.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt removes his glasses as he testifies at a hearing of the House Appropriations subcommittee for the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, April 26, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

2.) Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt’s top legal counsel resigned Thursday, making her the second top officials to resign from the agency in the past two days.

In this Wednesday, June 6, 2018 photo, reviewed by U.S. military officials, an Army soldier, right, and a Marine stand in front of the gates that separate the Cuban side from the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

3.) The Trump administration on Wednesday told a federal court in Washington it plans to release into Syria a detained American citizen accused of fighting for the so-called Islamic State, but his lawyers say that’s a “death warrant” and they will ask the court to intervene.

Former Utah Attorney Gen. Mark Shurtleff, left, facing public corruption charges, appears in Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills courtroom in Salt Lake City on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, for a pre-trial hearing. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP, Pool)

4.) Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff filed a $60 million federal lawsuit Wednesday, alleging prosecutors, police and the FBI violated his rights during a 2014 bribery and corruption investigation that brought felony charges against him that were later dropped.

5.) Heading to court for the first test of his emoluments clause challenge, Senator Richard Blumenthal told reporters he is confident that the suit against President Donald Trump will advance.

Regional

6.) A Buckeye, Arizona, police officer who had been repeatedly disciplined beat up an autistic 14-year-old who was playing with a piece of string in a public park, and police justified it by saying the boy’s repetitive behavior indicated that he was “under the influence of an inhalant,” the boy’s parents claim in court.

7.) The use of the trademark Old Taylor Distillery – the namesake of E.H. Taylor, father of the modern bourbon industry – was contested before a Sixth Circuit panel Thursday morning in a dispute dubbed by one of the judges as the start of the “Bourbon War.”

Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. (Photo credit: Michael Rivera/Wikipedia)

8.) A group of survivors and family members of those killed in the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting claim in court that Orlando police officers contributed to the death and injury toll by not acting fast enough.

Scouts hiking Ohio’s Cuyahoga Trail in 1975, via the National Archives and Records Administration.

9.) Claiming the youth organization was infiltrated by pedophiles, an Arkansas man filed a lawsuit saying the Boy Scouts allowed a scout leader accused of sexually assaulting boys in Georgia to relocate and abuse him several years later.

Research & Polls

A dog walking service. (Photo via Wikipedia Commons)

10.) From apps that bring Chik-fil-A to your door, haul you to the airport in a Ford Focus and get Fido a walk while you’re at work, the surge of the gig economy is undeniable — putting a massive asterisk Thursday on a new report that shows a drop since 2005 in the number of Americans doing nontraditional work.

International

11.) A letter Christopher Columbus wrote 500 years ago describing his discoveries in the new world to his financial backers has been returned to Spain after a seven-year criminal investigation.

12.) What consumers think of the Gaelic word glen is critical to a geographic-indication suit that the trade group for Scotch whiskey brought against a competitor in Germany, the EU’s highest court ruled Thursday.

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