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As His Defenses to Obstruction Charges Fail, Donald Trump May Fall Back on Pleading the Fifth

It could be the president’s only option if he ends up entangled by his own incriminating statements, and by evidence from others.

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Are We Getting the Trump-Russia Story Right?

With scoops based on leaks and unnamed sources, news consumers should view all reports on the investigation with skepticism.

Posted on May 31, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Will Be a Nightmare Client for His Legal Dream Team

Even the best defense attorneys may not be able to save the president from himself. (Marc Kasowitz, Donald Trump’s longtime attorney, is pictured.)

Posted on May 30, 2017 READ MORE



Millions Paid to Administrator, Zero to Victims of Madoff

For investors who lost money in Bernie Madoff’s infamous Ponzi scheme and are waiting for payback from a firm enlisted by the Department of Justice, the check’s (still) in the mail.

Posted on May 23, 2017 READ MORE



Justice Department Inspector General Asked to Probe Jeff Sessions’ Role in Comey Firing

A group of Democratic senators is demanding to know whether the attorney general violated his vow to recuse himself from any investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the U.S. presidential election.

Posted on May 17, 2017 READ MORE



Obama and Trump Could Both Be Considered Guilty of War Crimes

A group of Obama White House lawyers—who defended the U.S. bombing of Libya, drone wars and the “proxy” war against Syria—is suing Trump for failing to legally justify his attack on a Syrian air base.

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Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Order to Strip Funds From ‘Sanctuary Cities’

A U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco put the controversial order on hold, arguing it infringed on the constitutional rights of local governments.

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE



Justice Department Sets June 30 Deadline for Compliance From ‘Sanctuary Cities’

DOJ plans to withhold federal funding from jurisdictions where law enforcement personnel do not cooperate with immigration authorities.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 READ MORE



A New, Progressive Form of Federalism Is Spreading With the GOP in Control

To derail Donald Trump’s domestic agenda, the left is bolstering the autonomy of states and cities to protect minorities, the poor, the undocumented and our ecosystems.

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Immigration Agency Will Lose Millions Because It Can’t Process Visas Fast Enough

Fees to expedite worker visas pay for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ efforts to digitize. But the agency can’t keep up with demand, forcing it to suspend its cash cow.

Posted on Apr 8, 2017 READ MORE



Justice Department Appears to Be Retreating on Voting Rights

The DOJ, now overseen by Trump appointee Jeff Sessions, says it has abandoned the Obama-era position that a Texas voter ID law intentionally discriminated against minorities.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 READ MORE



Flynn Scandal Spotlight Falls on What Trump Knew and When He Knew It

Democratic lawmakers demand an investigation into the former national security adviser’s talks with Russia.

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Sally Yates, Fired for Defying Trump’s Immigration Order

In defending the Constitution against actions of the new administration, the former acting attorney general shows she is exactly the type of official Americans need.

Posted on Feb 4, 2017 READ MORE



We Need the Truth About Donald Trump and Russia—Now

For the sake of democracy, an independent commission or special prosecutor must be appointed to investigate Russian influence.

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 READ MORE



Intelligence Report Leak Damages Trump, Just as FBI ‘Hit Job’ Hurt Hillary Clinton

The news media have been reduced to bystanders while the intelligence agencies run the show.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 READ MORE



NAACP Stages Sit-In at Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Office

A group of protesters sought to bring attention to Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general and his record on race, civil rights and criminal justice reform issues. Six were arrested at the Alabama senator’s office Tuesday.

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Who Is Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump’s Pick for Attorney General?

The senator from Alabama has given his career to the pursuit of racist policies. As enforcer of the federal government’s civil rights laws, he would be in charge of investigating Black Lives Matter.

Posted on Nov 19, 2016 READ MORE



DOJ Agrees: North Carolina Counties Are Purging Black Voters From the Rolls

A DOJ statement of interest filed Monday in response to an emergency lawsuit finds that GOP-led roll purging violates the National Voter Registration Act.

Posted on Nov 2, 2016 READ MORE



In a Rigged System, Hillary Clinton Is Too Big to Indict

The Democratic presidential nominee got a pass this summer on her “extremely careless” handling of classified information while secretary of state. But now the FBI is reopening its investigation.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 READ MORE



It’s Time for Congress to Stop Hollering at CEOs and Actually Take Action

Instead of setting up further rounds of CEO perp walks for the TV cameras, Congress should give the Justice Department and regulatory agencies enough funding to do their jobs.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 READ MORE



Justice Department Says It Will Stop Using Privately Operated Prisons

Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates (pictured) says officials concluded such facilities are less safe and effective than those run by the U.S. government.

Posted on Aug 18, 2016 READ MORE



Privately Operated Prisons Are Less Safe for Prisoners and More Punitive, Justice Department Says

Inmates at contract prisons were nine times more likely to be put on lockdown and in solitary confinement than other prisoners in the federal system.

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The U.S. Government Renews Its Assault on Privacy

And this time there’s “much less public scrutiny,” writes Trevor Timm at The Guardian.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



If Hillary Clinton Gets a Pass on Espionage From President Obama, so Should Whistleblowers

Either the country has a policy of filing felony charges against people who reveal classified information, or it doesn’t. We all should be prosecuted, or none of us should be.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE



Obama’s Bureaucrats Thwarting His Efforts to Free Drug War Prisoners

The applications of thousands of federal inmates eligible for commuted sentences are bottlenecked, and the clock is ticking.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE



FBI Says It May No Longer Need Apple’s Help to Unlock iPhone of Slain San Bernardino Killer

Round 1 of the legal battle between the Justice Department and the tech company may be over soon.

Posted on Mar 21, 2016 READ MORE



Arrest of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Urged After Contaminated-Water Scandal Implicates Top Staffers

“To poison all the children in an historic American city is no small feat.”

Posted on Jan 7, 2016 READ MORE



Two Years Behind Bars or 20? One Day, a Computer Formula May Have a Say

Influenced by algorithms, judges who are racially biased might actually hand out milder sentences to minority defendants. But some experts worry that, in the big picture, an imperfect science may work against the accused.

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Data-Grabbing ‘Stingrays’ Are Attacking Our Civil Liberties

The secrecy surrounding police use of these “anti-terrorism” devices in ordinary criminal investigations is a big and growing problem, ACLU experts say, one that puts some defendants at an unfair and illegal disadvantage.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders Joins Call for DOJ Probe of Exxon’s Climate Change Misinformation Campaign

The petroleum company may have violated federal law by funding a decadeslong misinformation campaign on climate change, the Vermont senator says.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



Report: Shift in Sentencing Guidelines Will Mean Freedom for 6,000 U.S. Inmates

In a move that will hopefully lead to further concrete steps to target America’s mass incarceration problem, the U.S. Justice Department is getting ready to release some 6,000 inmates from federal prisons, according to The New York Times.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE



Across the Nation, States Charge Inmates for Prison Costs

The fees incurred aren’t just for the major expenses, but also for clothing, blankets, toilet paper and towels. One study found that many former inmates ended up dealing with collections agencies or even back in lockup for failure to pay the debts.

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Our Gang Problem Is Bigger Than We Think

The word “gang” has often been associated with groups of poor young men of color. But the recent deadly shootout in Waco, Texas, among five largely white motorcycle clubs has drawn attention to the fact that gangs come in a variety of forms and colors. Fraternities, sports fans and even the police and military bear many of the same hallmarks.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE



A Tale of Two Terrorists: Both Convicted, One Condemned to Die

The death penalty verdict in the trial of the Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been presented as a rational outcome of the facts, yet other terrorists whose acts were far more destructive, like the 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui, have been shown mercy.

Posted on May 16, 2015 READ MORE



Five Big Banks Pleading Guilty to Felony Charges Will Continue Business as Usual

“For most people, pleading guilty to a felony means they will very likely land in prison, lose their job and forfeit their right to vote,” writes Dealbook at The New York Times.

Posted on May 14, 2015 READ MORE



Veteran D.C. Attorney: ‘Without Edward Snowden, Our System Could Have Failed’

The efforts to reform the way the U.S. government gathers intelligence indicate that the whistleblower’s disclosures “have had the impact that motivated him,” writes Ronald Goldfarb, who served in the Justice Department of the Kennedy administration, at Time magazine.

Posted on May 10, 2015 READ MORE



Comcast Merger With Time Warner Is Scrapped

The takeover’s collapse comes shortly after outgoing U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder gave regulators his approval to challenge the merger, which they had feared would harm competition and consumers alike.

Posted on Apr 24, 2015 READ MORE



Technology Does Not Guarantee Transparency

In theory, the changeover from paper to email should make government more transparent. But two New York politicos are showing that the era of Big Data does not necessarily mean the public gets a better view of its government.

Posted on Mar 8, 2015 READ MORE



From Crispus Attucks to Michael Brown: Race and Revolution

March 5 marks an important but oft-overlooked anniversary.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



DOJ: No Charges for Officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown Shooting

Just a day after the news broke that the Justice Department had found evidence of racist practices within the Ferguson, Mo., Police Department, the DOJ released a report claiming that, by its own estimation, Officer Darren Wilson was motivated by personal safety concerns when he shot and killed the unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Barrett Brown

Since his arrest in 2012, Brown has come to be seen as one of those subjected to predatory treatment as the U.S. government persecutes journalists who use underground tactics to expose wrongdoing.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 READ MORE



Justice Department Tracked International Calls in Secret

The U.S. Justice Department kept a secret database of U.S. calls made to and from foreign countries, a new court filing and officials familiar with the program say.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE



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Why Isn’t David Petraeus on Trial?

The U.S. government has treated principled whistle-blowers like treasonous spies, yet Attorney General Eric Holder has reportedly ignored recommendations from his own FBI and Justice Department to prosecute former CIA chief David Petraeus.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



Justice Department-Sponsored Autopsy Calls Michael Brown’s Death a ‘Homicide’ (Video)

On Tuesday, four months after Michael Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Mo., news broke that the Justice Department had released the results of its own autopsy.

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American Hero; American Story

John Doar died last week at the age of 92. If there was a Greatest Generation, he was one of its greatest men.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



IRS Seizes Money From Guiltless Americans on Mere Suspicion

A controversial area of law empowers the IRS to confiscate significant sums of money from “run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation” and “without ever filing a criminal complaint,” leaving the owners “to prove they are innocent,” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Oct 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Eric Holder and RFK’s Legacy

When he announced his leave-taking last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of Robert F. Kennedy as his inspiration for believing that the Justice Department “can and must always be a force for that which is right.”

Posted on Sep 29, 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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