Nightly Brief

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump opening to unexpected comic relief in his second big speech at the General Assembly; the chief judge of the Fourth Circuit questions the validity of eminent domain laws; a federal judge on Monday restores Endangered Species Act protections to grizzly bears; a Ninth Circuit panel finds an arbitrator, not a judge, has authority to decide whether drivers’ beef over being classified as independent contractors should be arbitrated or resolved via class action; nearly two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, the partisan divide over the media and its role in the American democracy appears to have widened, a new study says; the Fourth Estate loses a court battle to learn what allowances members of European Parliament get for travel, subsistence and parliamentary assistance, and more.

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National

President Donald Trump reacts to laughter from diplomats during his address to the United Nations General Assembly, Tuesday Sept. 25, 2018 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

1.) In the same hall where he threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea last year, President Donald Trump opened to unexpected comic relief Tuesday in his second big speech at the General Assembly.

A map of the proposed Mountain Valley Pipeline which has faced numerous judicial hurdles as landowners pushback against federally-authorized eminent domain claims. Image via Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC.

2.) The chief judge of the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday questioned to validity of eminent domain laws, describing them as a holdover from the days when Americans were royal subjects.

3.) A federal judge on Monday restored Endangered Species Act protections to grizzly bears near Yellowstone National Park, rescinding a 2017 Trump-administration rule that allowed hunting of the iconic species outside of the park.

A copy of a 2010 Census form. (Charlie Litchfield/Idaho Press-Tribune via Associated Press)

4.) A new order forcing the secretary of commerce to testify about his shakeup of the 2020 census loomed large Tuesday as the Justice Department pushed the Second Circuit to block another official’s deposition.

Stormy Daniels shows the Key during a ceremony for her receiving a City Proclamation and Key to the City on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
5.) A federal judge in Los Angeles said Monday he was leaning toward dismissing a defamation lawsuit filed by adult film star Stormy Daniels against President Donald Trump because a presidential tweet at the heart of the case is an opinion protected by the First Amendment.

Regional

A self-driving Uber sits ready to take journalists for a ride during a media preview in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

6.) In a key legal victory for ride-hail giant Uber, a Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday found an arbitrator, not a judge, has authority to decide whether drivers’ beef over being classified as independent contractors should be arbitrated or resolved via class action.

A view of Chatfield Reservoir in Chatfield State Park, in Douglas and Jefferson counties in Colorado. The view is toward the west and the park’s swim beach. (Jeffrey Beall via Wikipedia)

7.) A 10th Circuit panel on Monday heard arguments on whether the Army Corps of Engineers incorrectly applied Clean Water Act standards only to mitigating environmental damages rather than to the entirety of a project to expand a Colorado reservoir.

Honduran asylum-seeker Alexander Antonio Burgos Mejia. (Nathan Solis/CNS)

8.) Gang violence forced Alexander Antonio Burgos Mejia and his family to flee Honduras. Now seeking asylum 2,300 miles north of his home village, he lives alone in a church recreation room converted into an apartment in Long Beach, California.

Bill Cosby, center, leaves the courtroom after he was sentenced to three-to 10-years for felony sexual assault on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

9.) After designating Bill Cosby a “sexually violent predator” this morning, a Pennsylvania judge ruled that the 81-year-old comedian must spend three to 10 years in prison for a sexual assault that occurred over a decade ago.

Research & Polls

President Donald Trump appears with the hosts of “Fox & Friends.” (Associated Press)

10.) Nearly two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, the partisan divide over the media and its role in the American democracy appears to have widened, a new study from the Pew Research Center says.

International

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with the media as she arrives for an emergency summit of eurozone heads of state at the EU Council in Brussels. (Francois Walschaerts, Associated Press)

11.) The Fourth Estate lost a court battle Tuesday to learn what allowances members of European Parliament get for travel, subsistence and parliamentary assistance.

The European Court of Human Rights building in Strasbourg, France.

12.)  The decision by a Ukrainian oversight committee to demote the president of a Kiev court violated rules on judicial impartiality and independence but not the man’s right to a private life, the European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday.

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