Nightly Brief

Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including a federal judge ruling Georgia’s “exact match” requirement for voter identification “places a severe burden” on prospective voters and will not apply for next Tuesday’s midterm election; the man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump agrees to be transferred to New York to face the charges; attorneys representing a small group of migrants travelling on foot toward the United States in search of asylum sue President Donald Trump, claiming his promise to stop the caravan with military force is a violation of the U.S. Constitution; the Seventh Circuit weighs the reach of U.S. antitrust laws in a case accusing Anheuser-Busch and Molson Coors of making secret deals with Canadian authorities; in his latest dispatch, Courthouse News’ western bureau chief tries to elude fires and smoke in the canyons of Idaho, and more.

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National

Oprah Winfrey and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams wave goodbye to a crowd gathered for a town hall conversation at the Cobb Civic Center’s Jennie T. Anderson Theatre in Marietta, Ga., Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. (Alyssa Pointer /Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

1.) A federal judge ruled Friday that Georgia’s “exact match” requirement for voter identification “places a severe burden” on prospective voters and will not apply for next Tuesday’s midterm election.

In this courtroom sketch, Cesar Sayoc, second from right, appears in federal court, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Miami. (Daniel Pontet via AP)

2.) The man accused of sending pipe bombs to prominent Democrats and critics of President Donald Trump has agreed to be transferred to New York to face the charges. At a hearing held in the federal court in Miami Friday morning, attorneys for Cesar Sayoc also said they would not seek his release on bail.

Honduran migrant Kenia Ramos, 19, holds still to show her nation’s flag painted in her cheek at a camp set up by a caravan of thousands of Central American migrants in Juchitan, Mexico, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

3.) Attorneys representing a small group of migrants travelling on foot toward the United States in search of asylum sued President Donald Trump Thursday night, claiming his promise to stop the caravan with military force is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter held a press conference at the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday to announce his support to use U.S. military personnel to build a road along the border wall. (Bianca Bruno/CNS)

4.)  U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter doubled down on xenophobia at a press conference at the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday as late polling shows he’s still likely to win re-election despite facing federal charges of misusing campaign funds and the racist rhetoric his campaign used against his Mexican-Palestinian opponent.

The E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

5.)  The D.C. Circuit seemed skeptical Friday of the rejection of two lawsuits over a data breach at the Office of Personnel Management that compromised the records of more than 21 million people.

Regional

A smoky river canyon in Idaho. (Chris Marshall/CNS)

6.) In his latest dispatch, Courthouse News’ western bureau chief tries to elude fires and smoke in the canyons of Idaho.

In this Oct. 13, 1999, file photo, Ricky Bell, then the warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison’s execution chamber. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

7.) Tennessee used its electric chair Thursday evening for the first time in 11 years to execute Edmund Zagorski, who murdered two men, after he preferred electrocution to the state’s lethal injection protocol.

8.)  The Seventh Circuit weighed the reach of U.S. antitrust laws Friday in a case accusing Anheuser-Busch and Molson Coors of making secret deals with Canadian authorities to promote sales of their beer at the expense of small breweries.

9.) Railing against what he called “bipolar viewpoint discrimination,” a lawyer pushed a federal judge at closing arguments Thursday to find that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority capriciously applies its political-advertising ban.

International

French President Emmanuel Macron visits the Aalto University in Espoo, Finland, Thursday Aug. 30, 2018. (Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva via AP)

10.) Faced with “nationalist leprosy,” French President Emmanuel Macron is warning that Europe risks returning to the dangerous period between the two world wars that led to the rise of Adolf Hitler.

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