Your Tuesday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News
Top CNS stories for today including Attorney General William Barr told lawmakers he expects to be ready to release a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report within a week; Executives from Facebook and Google faced tough questions during a congressional hearing about efforts to stop the spread of hate on their platforms; The chairmen of five House committees fired off multiple demand letters on the government’s refusal to defend the federal health care law, and more.
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1.) Attorney General William Barr told lawmakers Tuesday he expects to be ready to release a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report within a week.
2.) Since 2008, hazardous materials that can be recycled have been excluded from federal waste-disposal rules. An Earthjustice attorney fought Tuesday to vacate this exemption.
3.) Reports of hate crimes and online messaging promoting white nationalism are on the rise and executives from Facebook and Google faced tough questions Tuesday from lawmakers about efforts to stop the spread of hate on their platforms.
4.) Before grilling the attorney general about it in person Tuesday, the chairmen of five House committees fired off multiple demand letters on the government’s refusal to defend the federal health care law.
5.) The Judicial Council of California inefficiently ran a program that assigned retired judges to fill in for shorthanded trial courts, the state auditor found in a report released Tuesday.
6.) An Orthodox Jewish enclave of Brooklyn faces a mandatory vaccination order after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio declared a public health emergency Tuesday, responding to a measles outbreak that has sickened hundreds.
7.) Jurors heard opening arguments Tuesday in the murder trial of a former Minnesota police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape in an alley near her home, with his defense attorney arguing he feared an ambush.
8.) European Union lawmakers greenlighted an overhaul at the European Court of Justice on Tuesday, aimed at reducing the number of “repeater” cases filed in a court that has for years struggled to make a dent in its docket backlog.