Nightly Brief

Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including a coalition of 16 states hit the Trump administration with a federal complaint to stop what they called an executive order that steers billions of dollars to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border; The federal judge overseeing Roger Stone’s case ordered him to appear in court Thursday to explain why he posted a picture of her on Instagram with apparent crosshairs of a gun sight near her head; Italy’s outspoken and divisive far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini was granted political immunity from prosecution over his harsh anti-immigrant policies, and more.

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National

(AP/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

1.) A coalition of 16 states hit the Trump administration with a federal complaint on Presidents Day to stop what they called an executive order that steers billions of dollars to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

2.) The federal judge overseeing Roger Stone’s case ordered him to appear in court Thursday to explain why he posted a picture of her on Instagram with apparent crosshairs of a gun sight near her head.

(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

3.) Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an active questioner during Supreme Court oral arguments Tuesday, appearing on the bench for the first time since a December hospital stay.

Regional

4.) In a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed for the second time a Texas appeals court’s finding that a death-row inmate is not mentally disabled and can be executed for a 1980 shooting.

(Juli Leonard/The News & Observer via AP)

5.) An illegal absentee-ballot harvesting scheme unfolded in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District in November, state elections officials said during the first session of a days-long hearing over the nation’s last undecided midterm race.

International

(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

6.) Brexit contagion is infecting a new victim: the Labour Party. Great Britain’s main opposition party is reeling from in-fighting and desertions over its Brexit policy after seven moderate and centrist members quit the party on Monday.

(Riccardo Antimiani/ANSA Via AP)

7.) Italy’s outspoken and divisive far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini was granted political immunity Tuesday from prosecution over his harsh anti-immigrant policies.

(UN Photo/ICJ-CIJ/Frank van Beek)

8.) The International Court of Justice wrapped up the first round of hearings Tuesday in a case that finds Pakistan and India at odds with the conviction of a suspected spy.

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