Weekly News Update


*The United States Supreme Court opens a new term Monday, and, as always, many of the most contentious issues facing the country — including abortion, birth control coverage, public employee unions, affirmative action in higher education, voter participation — are likely to be before the court. [NPR]

*The Supreme Court on Monday refused to review an appeals court decision that made it harder to prosecute insider trading and threatens to undermine a number of convictions. [Boston Globe]

*The NY attorney general is opening an inquiry into accusations that DraftKings and FanDuel employees use their access to privileged company data to win big on rival sites — a cheating tactic akin to insider trading on Wall Street. [Mashable]

*The Supreme Court, typically trailing on technology compared to the White House and Congress, opened its term this week with several new policies designed to move the third branch closer to the 21st century. [Wall Street Journal]

*Early on Saturday, many people wanted by the Courts for committing minor offenses stood in line outside a Brooklyn church waiting for the chance to clear their names, even as many of them feared being walking into a trap that would send them straight to jail. [NY Times]

*A federal judge in New York barred the MTA from banning a subway ad campaign promoting a provocatively titled film featuring Muslim comedians. [Wall Street Journal]

*As the clock ticks closer to Election Day and further past the usual date for finalizing ballots, two legal appeals have the potential to solidify Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s control of the Women’s Equality Party. [Capital New York]

*A man who spent the past 25 years in prison for the infamous 1990 subway slaying of young Utah tourist Brian Watkins had his conviction tossed on Tuesday. [New York Post]