Investigating: California officials are probing crashes on Saturday involving U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was cited for felony hit and run.
Urging: Lawyers for Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., on Friday urged a federal court to throw out the U.S. Justice Department's civil rights lawsuit against his office, The Associated Press reports. Arpaio has disputed DOJ claims that his office carried out discriminatory policing.
Viewing: The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday ruled that an execution in Idaho will happen this week without viewing restrictions for witnesses, The Associated Press reports. The AP and other news organizations had filed a lawsuit that sought full viewing access to executions in the state.
Representing: The Chicago Tribune profiles black federal defender MiAngel Cody who is representing an alleged white supremacist. "Our job is to represent people charged," said Terry MacCarthy, who ran the federal defender's office in Chicago for more than 40 years. "A good criminal-defense attorney can handle anything … He'll be in real good hands with her. She is one very good and very bright lawyer."
Honoring: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on Friday was in Charlotte, N.C., to fete David Sentelle, a former Charlottean and chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, The Charlotte Observer reports. Thomas called Sentelle "a fellow displaced Southerner,” saying they enjoy NASCAR, country music and dropping verbs. “It was OK to say, ‘Where you from?’ and ‘Who you people?’” Thomas said. “Judge Sentelle has never forgotten his Southern roots … North Carolina’s loss has been the nation’s gain.”