Your Friday night briefing from the staff of Courthouse News
Top CNS stories for today including President Donald Trump announced the United States will withdraw from a treaty that requires countries to put in place regulations on the international sale of certain types of weapons; Admitted Russian agent Maria Butina made an emotional but ultimately unsuccessful bid to get deported with time served; The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that the state constitution protects the right to have an abortion, and more.
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1.) President Donald Trump on Friday announced the United States will withdraw from the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty, a compact that requires countries to put in place regulations on the international sale of certain types of weapons.
2.) Blaming herself for actions that she said had destroyed her life, admitted Russian agent Maria Butina made an emotional but ultimately unsuccessful bid Friday to get deported with time served.
3.) In a reversal where the court itself noted the potential for exploitation by usurious lenders, the Third Circuit ruled Friday that NFL players were entitled to trade their shares of a $1 billion concussion settlement for a quick cash payout.
4.) The U.S. economy beat expectations and grew at a 3.2% rate in the first three months of the year, fueled by a lower trade deficit and a boost in consumer spending.
5.) In a decision that has taken more than two years, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state constitution protects the right to have an abortion.
6.) A former Minnesota police officer on trial for killing an unarmed Australian woman broke his silence and testified that he fired his gun “to stop the threat” when she appeared at the window of his squad car.
7.) A year and a half after her 19-year-old daughter was killed, a Texas mother scored a major victory in her fight to ensure no other parent suffers what she did: on Friday, the Texas House passed a bill that would establish an adult alert system, similar to Amber Alerts, that could deter kidnappings and facilitate recovery efforts in emergencies.
8.) For the first time since Spain returned to democracy after the fall of the Franco dictatorship in the 1970s, the country faces the likelihood of being run by a coalition government.