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Carrie Johnson

National Security Correspondent for the Washington Post

Carrie Johnson appears in the following:

House Vote Aims To Derail DOJ Processing Of Clemency Petitions

Friday, May 30, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder reportedly said language inserted by lawmakers to prevent the hire of additional Justice Department attorneys is "absurd."

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Criminal Records Keep Creating Obstacles Long After Incarceration

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A new report from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers is shedding light on some unexpected consequences of being convicted of a crime — everything from troubles with employment to bans in public housing. The group says it's time to start thinking about forgiveness.

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Holder Urges Prosecutors To Back Criminal Justice Changes

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

At a closed-door conference, the attorney general made his case for reducing some drug sentences and opening up the clemency process.

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A Year On, What's Changed (And What Hasn't) On Drone Oversight

Friday, May 23, 2014

A year ago, President Obama defended using drones to target terrorism suspects overseas and offered a rationale for reining in the program. Where do things stand on efforts to impose constraints?

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New DOJ Policy Urges Agents To Videotape Interrogations

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The policy shift, set to take effect July 11, is designed to align practices across the federal government, where some law enforcement agencies employ recordings and others don't.

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Senate Advances Judicial Nominee Who Wrote Drone Strike Policy

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Senate will consider a judicial nominee who wrote legal advice approving drone strikes against Americans overseas. Critics question executive branch authority to execute citizens without trial.

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Slow Rape Kit Results Leave Victims Few Effective Places To Turn

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A new study concludes the medical and justice system can do more to help rape survivors access medical care. Funding cuts often limit access to exams and keep test results from leading to prosecution.

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As More Speakers Get The Boot, Who's Left To Send Off Graduates?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

In a string of commencement-speaker dropouts, would-be honorary guests are being pushed out by campus protests. Meanwhile, schools are trying to boost their reputations and promote diverse ideas.

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Judicial Nominee On Hold Over Drone Strike Justification

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Harvard law professor David Barron is under fire for signing memos that allowed the U.S. to kill a U.S. citizen overseas in a drone strike. Those blocking his nomination want the documents released.

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A Narrow High Court Win For Prayer Before Government Meetings

Monday, May 05, 2014

The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that the government can use Christian prayers to start town meetings, so long as legislators don't discriminate against non-Christians. It's a new chapter in the long-running fight over prayer in public places and on public occasions. NPR's Carrie Johnson explains what happened in the town of Greece, New York.

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Target's Top Executive Steps Down, Brought Low By Data Breach

Monday, May 05, 2014

Target is ousting its CEO, months after a massive data breach and amid some other business issues.

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FBI Director: Radicalization Of Westerners In Syria Is Of Great Concern

Friday, May 02, 2014

"All of us with a memory of the '80s and '90s saw the line drawn from Afghanistan to Sept. 11," says James Comey.

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Lawyers Use High Court Petition To Highlight Prosecutorial Misconduct

Thursday, April 24, 2014

A computer support technician convicted of possessing ricin to use as a weapon wants the Supreme Court to hear his appeal. He says prosecutors denied him due process by failing to disclose evidence.

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Justice Dept. Opens Door To Freedom For Some Nonviolent Offenders

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Justice Department is considering clemency for thousands of people who are incarcerated on nonviolent drug charges and who have also served at least 10 years of their sentences.

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4 Muslim Men To Sue Feds Over No-Fly List

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

They say they were placed on the list for refusing to inform on other Muslims. The suit is part of a broad wave of cases challenging the secretive no-fly list and U.S. counterterrorism strategies.

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Longtime D.C. Lawyer Is White House's Next Top Counsel

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The White House named Neil Eggleston its new top lawyer. He'll have to muster his legal and political skills to deal with a divided Congress and multiple investigations of the Obama's administration.

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Justice's 'Peacemaker' Unit Focuses On Transgender Rights

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A unit originally created to keep the peace during the civil rights movement is training law enforcement on how to be more sensitive to transgender witnesses and crime victims.

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Brother Fights Death Penalty Charges In Marathon Bombing Case

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is fighting charges that could carry the death penalty. His defense, in part, points the finger at his deceased older brother as the mastermind. A trial is still months away.

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Welcome To Voting Rights Boot Camp

Monday, April 07, 2014

In the aftermath of a Supreme Court ruling last year, advocates worry that jurisdictions are quietly making changes to disenfranchise minorities. A training program is designed to counter that.

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The Senate Versus The CIA: A Struggle At Flashpoint

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

A Senate committee vote, expected this week, marks the latest chapter in a bitter power struggle between Congress and the CIA over detention and interrogation practices.

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