Nightly Brief

     Top CNS stories for today including how the cross-examination of the prosecution’s star witness in the Bridgegate trial dredged up dirty tricks from the past, the U.S. Supreme Court taking up the battle over offensive trademarks; a House committee’s withering criticism for Wells Fargo’s CEO, and more.
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     1.) Bridgegate Witness Interrogation Dredges Up Dirty Tricks From Past
     The prosecution’s star witness in the Bridgegate trial underwent a fierce cross-examination Thursday when a defense lawyer painted him as a political trickster who once stole an elderly senator’s coat, took pride in the traffic snarl he helped create and changed his story over time.
     2.) High Court Takes Up Battle Over Offensive Trademarks
      An Asian-American music group jokingly called The Slants will take their fight for trademark protection to the Supreme Court after the justices picked up the case Thursday.
     3.) House Committee Blistering in Critique of Wells Fargo CEO
     As members of the House Financial Services Committee compared him to a common bank robber and threatened to level RICO charges or worse against him, disgraced Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf offered another mea culpa for his role in the company’s fraudulent banking practices.
     4.) Committee OKs New Bailout Process for California Courts
     At its inaugural meeting Wednesday, a newly created budget committee for California’s judiciary approved a process for sending emergency funding to the state’s trial courts.
     5.) GOP Undercuts Numbers on Law-Abiding Refugees
     Republicans put an immigration official in the hot seat Wednesday over the 40 refugees implicated in terrorist conspiracies. The Obama administration leaves this group out when boasting that no refugees admitted to the United States have been convicted of committing a violent domestic terror act.
     6.) Challenge to Assault Probe Founders on Appeal
     Two former University of Cincinnati students tried to convince a resistant Sixth Circuit panel on Thursday that their due process rights were violated during hearings on sexual assault accusations against them.
     7.) Supreme Court to Clarify Civil-Sanctions Rules
     The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide whether sanctions imposed by a federal court’s inherent authority must be tailored to harm directly caused by the misconduct at issue.
     8.) Deportation Standard to Get High Court Clarity
     The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide whether burglary under California law meets federal “crime of violence” standards for deporting a permanent legal resident.

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