Nightly Brief

Your Thursday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News

Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump’s former attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen sued the Trump Organization, demanding that it reimburse his legal expenses from proceedings that have implicated Trump in possible criminal liability; Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort was sentenced to four years in prison for his conviction on multiple financial fraud charges; Three attorneys claim in a federal lawsuit that the State Bar of Texas is using members’ mandatory dues to help undocumented immigrants seeking asylum, and more.

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National

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1.) President Donald Trump’s former attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen sued the Trump Organization on Thursday, demanding that it reimburse his legal expenses from proceedings that have implicated Trump in possible criminal liability and certain longstanding embarrassment.

(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

2.) President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday by a federal judge in Virginia for his conviction on multiple financial fraud charges.

(AP Photo/Andy Wong)

3.) Chinese smartphone giant Huawei sued the United States on Wednesday night in the latest salvo in the countries’ trade dispute, claiming a government ban on its equipment is unconstitutional and there is no reason for security and spying fears.

(AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

4.) More sanctions are coming for banks that support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a team of foreign relations experts told lawmakers Thursday.

Regional

5.) Three attorneys claim in a federal lawsuit that the State Bar of Texas is using members’ mandatory dues to help undocumented immigrants seeking asylum, coercing lawyers to support its political agenda in violation of their free-speech rights.

(Lannis Waters/Palm Beach Post via AP, Pool)

6.) A former South Florida police officer is headed to prison for the 2015 shooting death of a drummer stranded on the side of the road, whom he confronted in undercover clothing with no visible badge, triggering a fatal encounter between the two armed men.

International

7.) In a victory for environmentalists, Europe’s top court on Thursday ordered a European Union agricultural agency to release scientific studies it relied on to determine that glyphosate-based herbicides made popular by Monsanto, such as Roundup, are safe.

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8.) A French Roman Catholic cardinal was found guilty Thursday of covering up a priest’s sexual abuse and was handed a six-month suspended prison sentence.

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