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Nightly Brief

     

     Top CNS stories for today including indicted ex-Christie staffer painting a picture of sabotage in Bridgegate trial; a divided circuit court restores the $120 million verdict in the Apple-Samsung fight; California embraces criminal-justice reform, and more.
     
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     1.) Indicted Ex-Christie Staffer Paints Picture of Sabotage in Bridge Trial
     When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s staffer rose to the position in which she would be indicted, bitterness spread among her colleagues. Bridget Ann Kelly’s defense attorney worked Friday to show jurors that this bitterness turned to sabotage.
     
     2.) $120M Verdict in Apple-Samsung Fight Restored
     Lambasting its panel for appellate fact-finding in a skirmish of the Apple-Samsung smartphone patent war, a divided en banc Federal Circuit on Friday reinstated a jury’s $120 million verdict – and the validity of three Apple patents.
     
     3.) Trump, Clinton Prepare for Town Hall Showdown
     Preparations are underway on the campus of Washington University as Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton prepare to square off in their second Presidential debate on Sunday night.
     
     4.) Groups Fight to Save the Last U.S. Ocelots
     Fewer than 100 ocelots survive in the United States, and conservation groups sued the federal government this week to stop it from using lethal traps that could kill or injure the endangered cat, along with the millions of other animals the government kills intentionally each year.
     
     5.) Cosby Accuser Takes Case to Third Circuit
     One of Bill Cosby’s accusers will get a second chance Friday to tell judges that the comedian defamed her by telling the public not to take her sexual-assault allegations at face value.
     
     6.) Backpage CEO Arrested on Pimping Charges
      A very bad week for the CEO of Backpage.com got even worse Thursday when he was arrested on charges of running a “pimping conspiracy” by posting online escort ads featuring minors.
     
     7.) California Embraces Criminal-Justice Reform
     More than 40 years after ushering in tough crime laws that led to massive prison overcrowding, Gov. Jerry Brown is spending millions of dollars to address the “unintended consequences,” and reform California’s criminal-justice system.
     
     8.) Shipper On the Hook for Missing Warhol Box
     An art shipping company that sent 10 Andy Warhol prints without their original box is not entitled to a contractual limit on damages, a New York appeals court ruled.

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