Jon David Guerrero, the man accused of killing three homeless men and attacking two others, was found incompetent to stand trial Friday.

     The California Commission on Judicial Performance is challenging the scope of an audit of its operations ordered earlier this year by the Legislature, saying the state Constitution prohibits the review of its core functions and confidential records.

     Deeply fracturing the judges of its en banc court, the D.C. Circuit upheld the conspiracy conviction of Osama bin Laden's assistant by the military commission at Guantanamo Bay. 

     The emails of Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta recently released by Wikileaks offer insight into a bit of history: the transition process as Barack Obama prepared to assume the mantle of the President of the United States in 2008.

     When we say "Shakespearean" — and I have heard people say it — we mean tragedy, people crushed by fate: Lear in the storm, MacBeth's disintegration, Hamlet and Brutus wrestling with empire and reality, Othello realizing too late what he has done.
     No one is using that word to describe this year's presidential campaign, for an obvious reason: The people in our cast are so petty. There is no grandeur in them. Shakespeare never wrote plays about people like this.
     Or did he?
     In a recent column about "Richard III" for The New York Times, Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt explained "how a great country could wind up being governed by a sociopath."
     Greenblatt said there were many ways by which "this loathsome, perverse monster actually attained the English throne." It was "a fatal conjunction of diverse but equally self-destructive responses from those around him."
     Greenblatt offered five reasons: None of the rich and powerful people believed Richard could pull it off; none believed he was really that bad; all were afraid of his "bullying and the menace of violence;" too many believed they could take advantage of him if he seized the throne; and "perhaps strangest of all," they enjoyed "the open speaking of the unspeakable."
     Four days after that column appeared, the world imitated Shakespeare again, when King Bhumipol Adulyadej died in Thailand, leaving the kingdom to his despised, profligate playboy son — a Falstaff without wit.
     That would be "Henry IV," parts I and II.
     Shakespeare, where art thou?
     The United States is living through another tragedy today, but not a Shakespearean one — because our players are clowns.
     Donald Trump, Mike Pence, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and their underlings are not tragic figures. They are small men.
     Could anyone but Shakespeare write a tragic play about any of them? About the struggle of a noble hero who refuses to call a hearing to confirm an appointment to the Supreme Court?
     What would Shakespeare call that one? "All's Well That Ends"?
     Fortunately for the United States, unfortunately for the rest of the world, few Americans other than our soldiers had to suffer through the millions of tragedies we've inflicted upon people far away: in Vietnam, Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras, Nicaragua, Cambodia, Laos, Iraq ...
     That's tragedy.
     Immigration to the United States is not a tragedy. Quibbling about immigration policy is not just dishonest, it's not even real.
     Whining about rigging a national election to defeat a proud white male majority is not just dishonest, it's lunatic.
     Allow me to drag Herman Melville into this — perhaps the closest writer we've had to Shakespeare.
     Bartleby the Scrivener was a faithful worker who spent his life doing his job, copying things. Then one day Bartleby stopped doing it.
     He sat at his desk, staring at a wall, and when asked to do anything, Bartleby said: "I prefer not to."
     Bartleby refused to keep copying things.
     I'm with Bartleby here.
     As a news editor and reporter, my job is to bring you news about the state of our country, about this tremendously exciting, and — One Time Only! — idiotic presidential election.
     But I'm with Bartleby now. I prefer not to.
     "Have ye seen the white whale?"

     Painting a monstrous picture of Gov. Chris Christie for jurors Friday, the former political aide indicted over New Jersey's bridge scandal said the governor was abusive and physically violent to work for — and that he signed off on the lane closures at the heart of this federal trial.

     Donald Trump's attorneys filed a slew of documents Thursday seeking to block statements made by and about the Republican presidential nominee during the election season —including sexual assault allegations against him — from coming up during the first Trump University trial next month. 

     On the heels of brand new regulations on the home-sharing economy, Airbnb filed a federal lawsuit against New York City's mayor and the state's attorney general challenging the law. 

     In the aftermath of the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack which devastated the working-class Southern California community, Golden state lawmakers revitalized a longstanding gun-control debate.

     The smooth descent engineers of the European Union's Schiaparelli spacecraft programmed may have ended in an abrupt, explosive crash landing on the Mars' surface.

     The fight to save the West Coast population of Pacific fishers heads to court, with environmental groups accusing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of bowing to pressure from the logging industry. 

     Energy companies and trade associations challenged New York Gov. Andrew's Cuomo's clean energy program that would send hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies to failing Upstate nuclear power plants. 

     A federal judge Wednesday tossed shareholder derivative and direct claims by a union pension fund accusing Yahoo's CEO and its board of operating the company illegally by failing to register it as an investment company. 

     The Department of Justice on Thursday appealed a nationwide injunction a federal judge issued this week against the Obama administration's directive that public schools let transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice. 

     An Auburn University professor claims two other scientists stole his earlier work on the optical effect of lasers on organic material to win the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. 

     A U.S. citizen who was born abroad is challenging a new Louisiana law that denies some immigrants the right to marry. 

     Arizona conservation districts and others sued the Department of Homeland Security this week, claiming it is allowing immigrants to degrade the U.S. environment. 

     The family of a social worker fatally stabbed by a deranged patient claims in court the facility overseeing the killer's treatment ignored numerous warning signs that he posed a danger to others. 

     A federal judge Wednesday threw out a Northern California tribe's attempt to recover millions in casino funds it claims was embezzled by former tribal officials. 

     San Francisco will pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit from a woman its police officers shot in the head in her own apartment 8 years ago, closing a case that made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

     The author of a self-published novel claims rapper 50 Cent's "Power" TV show violates copyright on his book "Tribulations of a Ghetto Kid." 

     Climate change received little attention during the three presidential debates between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. But the issue has emerged as a focal point behind the scenes in the Hillary Clinton campaign as leaked emails by her campaign chair John Podesta show.

     Attorneys for a Border Patrol agent who shot and killed a Mexican teenager through a border fence told a Ninth Circuit panel Friday that the boy's family does not have enough ties to the United States to sue on Fourth Amendment violations.

     The Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded dismissal of a class action from a woman who said it took Prudential Insurance 32 years to pay death benefits for her late son, and underpaid her when it did. 

     A pro-life group has accused the University of Minnesota of illegally using fetal remains for medical research. 

     The family of a 29-year-old woman who was shot and killed by San Francisco police while driving a stolen vehicle has sued the city for wrongful death. 

     Liberty Mutual will pay $925,000 to settle district attorneys' lawsuit accusing it of advertising "accident forgiveness" auto insurance that is not available in California.

     A federal judge on Thursday overturned a state law that cut off Medicaid funding to area Planned Parenthoods in yet another blow to those seeking abortion restrictions. 

     A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit claiming the U.S. government falsely reported that billions of dollars in public contracts for large corporations was going to small businesses. 

     Peak Games says in Federal Court that Hasbro and Backflip Studios copied most of the elements of its mobile game "Toy Blast" for their "My Little Pony: Puzzle Party" game. 

     Sanmedica International falsely advertises that its SeroVital-hgh can "turn back time" and increase human growth hormone levels by 682 percent, a class action claims in Federal Court. 

     FCA US dba Fiat Chrysler pays its female area managers far less than their male counterparts, a class action claims in Broward County Court. 

     A woman, T.F., claims Helena police Officer Lloyd Matthew Thompson recruited her as a drug informant while she was in high school, then gave her alcohol and had sex with her, in Lewis and Clark County Court. 

     The New York attorney general says American Hope Group fka L&S Knatte Corp. and its CEO Mauricio Martinez, of Long Island City, made "millions of dollars" through foreclosure-rescue scams, in New York County Supreme Court.  

     At least two waves of major cyberattacks took down dozens of popular websites Friday, including Twitter, Netflix and Reddit.

     A trophy collector who takes it seriously brought a federal complaint to try to make a national conservation club recognize his rack of deer antlers as a world record. 

     Researchers have discovered how the Zika virus spreads in human cells and bypasses the body's defenses.

     Top CNS stories for today including Trump wants all election fodder kept out of Trump University trial; Christie aide in Bridge-plot trial recalls violent acts by governor; Circuit divided sharply on affirming Gitmo conviction, and more

     The largest representative annual gathering in the United States of any native peoples, the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, began Thursday with a bit of reflection and renewal as it marked the 50th year that Alaska Natives have joined together.

     A chemical spill at a northeast Kansas distilling plant released a noxious cloud of fumes Friday, forcing temporary evacuations and sending more than 30 people to the hospital, official said.

     British American Tobacco is offering to buy Reynolds American Inc. in a $47 billion deal that would create the world's largest publicly traded tobacco company and attempt to make up for a decline in smoking in the U.S. and Europe.

     More than two dozen people were treated for breathing difficulties in a suspected chemical incident that sparked the evacuation of London City Airport Friday, fire and ambulance services said.

     Adidas America violates minimum wage and overtime laws at its retail outlets, a class claims.


     Another Hollywood Hills homeowner has accused troubled pro football quarterback Johnny Manziel in state court of trashing a mansion with parties and an "immense amount of dog feces and urine," all before fleeing the home with rent still owing.

     The Washington State attorney general says Christopher D. Longworth dba Longworth and Associates conspired with a felon to sell elderly people high-commission insurance they did not want or need, in King County Court. 

     The Mayor Gallery, of London, claims in court that 13 authentic Agnes Martin artworks it had sold were rendered worthless when Martin's estate inexplicably declared them fakes.  

     The United States claims Priscilla E. Schrock dba South Beach Missions, of Oregon City, helps set up bogus religious nonprofit corporations as a tax dodge, in exchange for "gifts," in Federal Court.