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The Next Attorney General Should Make Presidential Pardons Less Racist, at the Very Least

More than two years ago, a ProPublica series showed that white applicants were far more likely to receive clemency than comparable applicants who were black. Since then, the government has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a study, but the pardons system remains unchanged.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 READ MORE


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Debate: One of the Finest Attorneys General in the Nation’s History?

Assessments of Attorney General Eric Holder’s legacy have been mixed. The NAACP Legal Defense Fund hailed him for his role in transforming the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and his leadership on voting rights. Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union criticized Holder’s record on national security issues.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



Eric Holder to Resign as Attorney General

He’s spent almost six years guiding the Justice Department through some tricky terrain—think Benghazi, Ferguson and DOMA—and Thursday, Eric Holder made it known he is preparing to exit his position as U.S. attorney general. 

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE



Ferguson Turmoil Continues With Another Shooting, More Arrests

The face-off between police and protesters in and around Ferguson, Mo., continued Tuesday, with tensions further kindled by reports of another police shooting and by more details about slain teenager Michael Brown.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE



Civil Rights Leaders Make the Case for Peace in Wake of Michael Brown Shooting (Video)

While acknowledging the outrage that followed the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday after the unarmed teenager was shot in a police car by a still-unnamed police officer, on Tuesday activists like the Rev. Al Sharpton emphasized the need for calm and justice as the case is investigated.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE



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Attorney General Holder Requires Recording of Interrogations, Unlike New York City

A new Department of Justice policy says federal agents must record interrogations, as a way to protect against coercion and false confessions.

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Prosecutors May Finally Go After Criminal Mega-Banks

The biggest banks pose a challenge for prosecutors.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



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New York AG Forces McDonald’s Franchise Owner to Pay Up for Violating Wage Laws

Richard Cisneros, owner of seven McDonald’s franchises in Manhattan, is now obliged to pay nearly $500,000 to workers at his fast-food restaurants.

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Eric Holder Moves to Save the Voting Rights Act in Texas

The U.S. attorney general said Thursday that the Justice Department would respond to the Supreme Court ruling against the Voting Rights Act by seeking to require states to obtain federal approval before putting political redistricting changes in place.

Posted on Jul 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Avoiding Corporate Criminality in the Press

Can you guess how many times the phrase “corporate crime” has appeared in stories published by U.S. news outlets since the beginning of 2013?

Posted on Apr 18, 2013 READ MORE



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Glenn Greenwald Smokes Out Obama’s Dubious Sense of Justice

After mischaracterizing a law governing medical marijuana distribution, the president who refused to prosecute those who led the U.S. into an indefinite war on terror told a Rolling Stone interviewer last month that he couldn’t ask the Justice Department to “turn the other way” when it comes to potential violations of medical marijuana use.

Posted on May 8, 2012 READ MORE


Eric Holder
U.S. Dept. of Justice

Holder: U.S. Can Kill Citizens in Overseas Terror Groups

According to Attorney General Eric Holder, it is within the government’s rights to kill American citizens implicated in anti-U.S. terrorist plots hatched abroad. Along with general human rights concerns, this raises some issues vis-à-vis the Constitution and the Fifth Amendment.

Posted on Mar 5, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Mary Altaffer

Did the NYPD’s Spying on Muslims Violate the Law?

ProPublica interviews co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at NYU School of Law Faiza Patel to explore whether New York police crossed the line.

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AP / Susan Walsh

Will Mortgage Settlement Avoid Repeating Obama’s Foreclosure Failures?

On Feb. 9, administration officials stood alongside state attorneys general to announce a $25 billion mortgage settlement reminiscent of deal made three Februarys ago. Three years later, that program is widely considered a failure.

Posted on Feb 11, 2012 READ MORE



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DOJ: Arizona Sheriff Arpaio Discriminated Against Latinos

Accounts of race-based biases and prejudiced policies have made Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio notorious in his home state of Arizona, but as of Thursday, Arpaio’s antics have earned him the wrong kind of attention from the Justice Department.

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Syrian Official Resigns in Protest of Assad’s ‘Savage’ Regime

The attorney general of the Syrian province Hama resigned in a video posted online by activists Thursday in protest of President Bashar al-Assad’s violent response to peaceful protesters.

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 READ MORE


Eric Holder
U.S. Dept. of Justice

America’s A.G. Puts In an Order to HBO

Looks like Attorney General Eric Holder is a big fan of HBO’s “The Wire”—so much so, in fact, that he has strongly suggested that the crime drama’s writers work on another season of the retired series or perhaps a made-for-cable movie.

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N.Y. Attorney General Takes Aim at ‘Fracking’

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a lawsuit against three federal agencies, alleging that they have failed to properly study the impact of proposed regulations on “fracking,” a potentially dangerous process in which pressurized water and chemicals are used to dislodge oil and natural gas below the earth’s surface. (more)

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE



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N.Y. Attorney General Wants Answers From Big Banks

Homing in on mortgage-backed securities, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has requested records from Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs as part of a broad investigation into the causes of the financial meltdown of 2008. (more)

Posted on May 17, 2011 READ MORE


Goodbye Governator, Hello Again Gov. Brown

Something seems familiar about this scene: On Monday, California’s former and now repeat Gov. Jerry Brown made his status official at a swearing-in ceremony in Sacramento, apparently comfortable enough in his position to get a bit goofy with the occasion.

Posted on Jan 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Former Car Czar Pays Steep Settlement Fine

President Obama’s erstwhile “car czar,” Steven Rattner, has paid a high price—$10 million, to be exact, not to mention his former position in the current administration—for his investment group’s involvement in a shady pension fund scheme.

Posted on Dec 30, 2010 READ MORE


Julian Assange
AP / APTN Pool

WikiLeaks Founder Lands on Wanted Lists Around the World

WikiLeaks honcho Julian Assange probably didn’t reckon that he could royally tick off so many key players from various global power centers with his site’s revelatory antics and emerge unscathed, and by Tuesday it was clear ...

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California Snubs Republican Landslide

California’s rejection of the Republican tidal wave is complete. After three weeks of counting, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris has emerged the victor in the state’s attorney general race. ...

Posted on Nov 24, 2010 READ MORE



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Attorneys General Join Forces in Robo-Signing Probe

In a welcome and much-needed turn of events for struggling American homeowners, all 50 state attorneys general are banding together to crack down on such sketchy foreclosure practices as “robo-signing,” as Forbes reported Wednesday.

Posted on Oct 13, 2010 READ MORE


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A.G. Huddles With Top Cops About Arizona Law

On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met with police chiefs from several big cities—including Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Houston and Philadelphia—who are concerned about the potential effects of Arizona’s SB 1070 on ... (continued)

Posted on May 26, 2010 READ MORE


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Holder: Money Trail Led to New Arrests in Times Square Bomb Case

According to Attorney General Eric Holder, the three men detained Thursday in conjunction with the failed May 1 bombing attempt in Times Square are suspected of supplying funds to Faisal Shahzad to help him carry out his plan.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE


Jerry Brown
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California A.G. Says ACORN Workers Didn’t Violate Law in ‘Pimp’ Tapes

After reviewing the infamous video footage taken of right-wing activists James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles purportedly posing as pimp and prostitute, respectively, and talking to employees of the now-disbanded organization ACORN, California Attorney General Jerry Brown ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE



14 States Take Health Care Bill to Court

The attorneys general of Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Virginia are suing over the health care reform bill, citing state sovereignty and alleging federal overreach under the Commerce Clause of the Constitution.

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


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RFK and the Civil Rights Movement

In this podcast, Truthdig’s Associate Editor Kasia Anderson talks with Murray Horwitz and Jonathan Estrin, the playwrights of “RFK: The Journey to Justice,” about Bobby Kennedy’s evolution from political animal to true believer in his transformative relationship with the civil rights revolution.

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE



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Maryland to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages (Performed Elsewhere)

The state of Maryland hasn’t worked out legislation to officially validate same-sex marriages that happen within its own borders, but as of Wednesday, Maryland’s Attorney General Douglas Gansler made it possible for GLBTQ partners’ unions to be legally recognized—as long as they were performed somewhere else.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE


Mark Sanford
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Ethics Troubles Loom Large for S.C. Governor

Looks like South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford’s extramarital activities, which were brought to light last summer after a faux Appalachian Trail excursion (by way of Argentina), aren’t going to be wiped from the record anytime soon. Sanford is now looking at 37 ethics charges, at least a few of which appear related to his affair.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE


Eric Holder
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Holder Defends 9/11 Trial Plan

Attorney General Eric Holder’s idea to hold a criminal trial in New York City for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others implicated in the 9/11 terrorist attack plot has been sharply criticized, primarily from the right side of the aisle, but Holder defended his decision before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 READ MORE


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
thewashingtonnote.com

Coming to America (to Be Tried for Terrorism)

Upsetting many Republicans and some family members of victims, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other alleged 9/11 plotters will be tried in federal court in New York City, not far from Ground Zero, and that death penalties are likely to be sought.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 READ MORE


Tortured Law

A new short film by the group Alliance for Justice examines the role that lawyers played in authorizing and legitimizing torture under the Bush administration. It calls on the attorney general to investigate not just CIA operatives but the authors of torture memos in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel.

Posted on Oct 8, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / John Russell

Legal Troubles Might Lie in Wait for Ashcroft

Did then-Attorney General John Ashcroft violate the Constitution in his handling of certain national security investigations shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks? According to the Los Angeles Times, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has reason to believe that he did, and thus Ashcroft can be sued for prosecutorial abuses even this long after the fact, the paper reported Saturday.

Posted on Sep 4, 2009 READ MORE


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Mass. AG Throws In for Kennedy’s Senate Seat

And they’re off ... or at least, she’s off: On Thursday, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley became the first contender for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat to officially announce her candidacy, which she’s reportedly been considering for the past year, but she’ll face some fierce competition for the vaunted position in coming months.

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE


Eric Holder
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AG to Appoint Torture Prosecutor

Although President Obama and others who were privy to information about alleged prisoner abuse by CIA employees and contractors previously passed on the possibility of prosecution, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has taken a different tack after reviewing the cases. Updated

Posted on Aug 24, 2009 READ MORE


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Gonzales’ New Gig

Seems like even those Bushies who didn’t manage to make it to the end of the W. age with their political reputations intact are popping up with brand new jobs; take, for example, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who’s slated to teach a political science course at Texas Tech University this fall.

Posted on Jul 7, 2009 READ MORE


SCOTUS
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High Court Lets Ashcroft, Mueller Off the Hook

The nation’s top court decided on Monday that former Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI honcho Robert Mueller aren’t directly accountable for the abuses that Pakistani detainee Javaid Iqbal, a Muslim, says he endured as a result of his race and religion in a New York prison in 2002.

Posted on May 18, 2009 READ MORE


Lauer and Spitzer

Welcome Back, Spitzer

So, Matt Lauer busted right out of the gates with the sex-scandal questions in his interview with Eliot Spitzer on Monday’s “Today” show, taking far too much time to extract mea culpas from the fallen former New York governor before getting to the better part of the program, during which Spitzer holds forth about the economy.

Posted on Apr 6, 2009 READ MORE


Holder
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Holder on Board as New Attorney General

On Monday, the U.S. Senate gave the nod to Eric Holder, President Barack Obama’s pick for attorney general, making Holder the first African-American put in charge of the Justice Department.

Posted on Feb 2, 2009 READ MORE


Andrew Cuomo
thecrimson.com

New York’s A.G. Subpoenas Bank Execs Over Bonuses

New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo sent out subpoenas to Bank of America’s Chief Administrative Officer J. Steele Alphin and recently ousted Merrill Lynch Chief Executive John Thain on Tuesday to look into hefty bonuses paid to Merrill Lynch higher-ups late last year—even as the company was bleeding billions in losses.

Posted on Jan 27, 2009 READ MORE


Holder
inquisitr.com

Holder States the Obvious

Attorney general nominee Eric H. Holder Jr. has announced a groundbreaking hypothesis on waterboarding: It’s torture. The position, which contradicts piles of Bush-era law literature defending the practice, is just one step in an avowed process to fix many of the problems riddling current Justice Department policy.

Posted on Jan 16, 2009 READ MORE


Blagojevich
AP photo / Rex Arbogast

Court Is Asked to Strip Blagojevich of Power

What’s it going to take to oust scandal-ridden Rod Blagojevich from his position as Illinois’ governor? Impeachment? A forklift? State Attorney General Lisa Madigan doesn’t want to waste any more time and is asking the Illinois Supreme Court to help by finding Blagojevich unfit to serve.

Posted on Dec 12, 2008 READ MORE


Clinton
CNN.com

Obama Introduces National Security Team

As expected, President-elect Barack Obama named Sen. Hillary Clinton as his choice for secretary of state and gave Robert Gates the opportunity to continue his work as secretary of defense—just two in a series of high-powered nominations Obama announced Monday.

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 READ MORE


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Attorney General Mukasey Collapses During Speech

On Thursday night, Attorney General Michael Mukasey suddenly collapsed while making a speech at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. He was rushed to George Washington University Hospital for treatment.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008 READ MORE


Eric Holder
AP photo / Susan Walsh

Obama Taps Clinton Vet for Attorney General

According to multiple reports, Barack Obama has settled on Eric Holder as his attorney general. So who is he? Holder has been a deputy attorney general in the Clinton administration, a U.S. attorney, a judge, a prominent Washington lawyer and one of the advisers responsible for Obama’s VP vetting. He would be the first black attorney general and happens to rock a fairly impressive mustache.

Posted on Nov 18, 2008 READ MORE


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Team Obama Asks for Special Prosecutor to Investigate Voter Fraud

By way of a response to the McCain camp’s claims about Barack Obama’s ties to ACORN, Obama’s campaign has put in a request to Attorney General Michael Mukasey to “turn over any investigations of voter fraud or voter suppression to Special Prosecutor Nora Dannehy, the same special prosecutor recently appointed to investigate the U.S. attorney firing scandal,” according to CNN.

Posted on Oct 17, 2008 READ MORE


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N.Y. Attorney General Goes After AIG

It would seem imprudent, given the government’s recent and unprecedented bailout of companies such as insurance giant AIG, for the likes of AIG to even entertain the idea of hefty executive payouts.

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE


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