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Top eight stories for today including a man under investigation for his conduct at the U.S. Capitol insurrection took the stand as a key defense witness for five associates of the Oath Keepers; Voters hit the polls to decide control of Congress in the midterm election; The European Union’s top court threw out a $30 million tax penalty against Fiat Chrysler, and more.

National

Witness whom Oath Keepers deemed key seeks 5th Amendment shield

A man under investigation for his conduct at the insurrection of Jan. 6, 2021, took the stand as a key defense witness Tuesday for five associates of the Oath Keepers, including the leader of the far-right militia.

Supporters of then-President Donald Trump try to break through a police barrier at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

‘Disinformation’ can be a crime, 1st Circuit rules

New Hampshire lawmakers did not run afoul of the Constitution in making it a crime to ridicule people with false statements, the First Circuit held Tuesday, but a concurring judge said it’s time for the Supreme Court to overrule its precedent in this area.

(Image by Moondance from Pixabay via Courthouse News)

Voters hit the polls to decide who will control Congress, statehouses

After months of politicians, prognosticators, pollsters and pundits dominating the election conversation, it’s now the voters’ turn to have their say.  

Voters use a ballot-marking device on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2022. (Barbara Leonard/Courthouse News Service)

Theranos co-founders Holmes and Balwani strike out in bids to dump fraud convictions

A federal judge has denied disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes' request for a new trial, setting the stage for her sentencing on four counts of wire fraud.

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes speaks at the Fortune Global Forum in San Francisco on Nov. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Regional

Ex-governor did not waive Fifth Amendment rights in Flint water case, panel rules

A Sixth Circuit panel touted the "bedrock privilege" of the constitutional right against self-incrimination in determining Tuesday that former Michigan government officials were not required to testify at the bellwether Flint water trial even though they participated in earlier depositions.

Former Gov. Rick Snyder stays silent as reporters asks questions after arraignment on charges related to the Flint water crisis outside the Genesee County Jail in downtown Flint, Mich., in January 2021. (Cody Scanlan/The Flint Journal via AP)

Ghost gun advocates ask Fifth Circuit to let them fight New Jersey law in Texas court   

Fighting a New Jersey law that made sharing instructions for 3D-printed firearms a crime, open-source ghost gun proponents urged a Fifth Circuit panel Tuesday to let their challenge proceed in a Texas federal court.

Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed holds a 3D-printed gun called the Liberator at his shop in Austin, Texas, in 2018. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

International

Romania reprimanded for preventing petite woman from becoming military doctor

Romania discriminated against a potential military recruit by refusing to allow her to sit for an entrance exam because she was too small, Europe’s top rights court held Tuesday. 

Bucharest, the capital of Romania. (Mihai Surdu/Pixabay via Courthouse News)

EU high court overturns $30M tax fine against Fiat Chrysler  

The European Union’s top court threw out a $30 million tax penalty against Fiat Chrysler on Tuesday, finding Brussels overstepped its authority.

The European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. (Molly Quell/Courthouse News)

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