Department Of Justice
Friday, March 06, 2015
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
By Sarah Gonzalez : Reporter, WNYC/NJPR
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
After several high-profile incidents where the Seattle Police Department used excessive force, a DOJ report found that the police department used biased practices and excessive force. Now, a new police chief is working to manage the department as it works under a controversial “consent decree."
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the possible appointment of a federal monitor for the city's controversial stop-and-frisk policy could result in higher crime rates.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed papers Wednesday saying that if a federal judge ruled the NYPD's practices unconstitutional, then the DOJ would strongly endorse the use of a monitor to oversee changes at the department.
The mayor, however, said that the police department needs a clear line of authority. "No military organization or paramilitary runs where you have confusion in the command structure. You just cannot have that. Lives are on the line," he said in a question-and-answer session with reporters.
The Department of Justice would not say whether it thought the NYPD's use of stop-and-frisk was unconstitutional, but a current federal court case is evaluating the question.
Friday, May 24, 2013
Brooke takes a look at the three scandals that have dominated the news cycle for the past couple weeks: the IRS targeting conservative political groups, the DOJ looking through the phone records and email of reporters, and the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi.
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Friday, May 17, 2013
Earlier this week, the Department of Justice revealed that it had subpoenaed the phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors over the course of two months in 2012. Many in the media were not pleased at what the AP called an "unprecedented intrusion." Brooke talks with University of Chicago Law Professor Geoffrey Stone who says, unprecedented or not, the DOJ's actions were certainly legal.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Caroline Little president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America discusses the Department of Justice's subpoena of Associated Press phone records as part of a criminal investigation, and what it means for freedom of the press.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
By Justin Krebs : IAFC Blogger
When Florida starts "purging" its voter rolls, there is reason to worry.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Yesterday the U.S. Department of Justice sued Apple and five major publishers on antitrust grounds, alleging they fixed prices of e-books throughout 2010. According to the Department, consumers may have been paying as much as $5 too much for e-books. Three of the publishers have settled. Joe Nocera is an Op-Ed Columnist at the New York Times, and joins us to talk about how book pricing works, and what yesterday's legal actions mean for the future pricing of e-books.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
By Ron Christie
You need to show ID when you go to the bar. Why not when you go to the polls?
Monday, November 07, 2011
The Department of Justice has requested that school superintendents in Alabama release enrollment data that could reveal whether Latino students have stopped attending classes in the wake of recent immigration legislation. HB56, which passed the Alabama legislature this June, allows law enforcement officials to check a person's immigration status based during routine traffic stops or arrests. Initially it also required schools to report children who are in the U.S. illegally, but despite the fact this aspect of the law has been put on hold, there is evidence that many children have been staying home this academic year.
Friday, October 14, 2011
This came over the wire a few days ago. It looks like the population of people from the Indian subcontinent has past the five percent threshold in Queens, which, by Federal law, means the Board of Elections needs to provide that population with materials in their language.
Of course, there are (at least) 144 different dialects in India. The big four that are under consideration, according to conversations with the Census and Sarah Steiner, an election lawyer and former Queens Assistant DA, are:
- There's also a possibility of Bengali being included
The Department of Justice is actually responsible for working with local election officials to decide where, specifically, the languages need to be available, how election officials will make the languages available (interpreters, printed on ballots, etc.), as well as which languages will actually be used.
"The Department of Justice has not yet figured out what it's going to do," Steiner said.
Officials from the Census Bureau, as well as the New York City Board of Elections, were unavailable for comment at this time. When they get back to me, I'll post any updates.
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
Conrad Black was once one of the most powerful men in the publishing business. He bought London’s Daily Telegraph newspaper in 1985 and eventually owned hundreds of newspapers throughout the U.S. and Canada. But all that changed in 2007, when a U.S. Circuit Court convicted Black of fraud and obstruction of justice. He was released from prison last year, midway through his six-and-a-half year sentence, after an appellate court dropped two charges against him. Then in June of this year, a Chicago court upheld two other charges of defrauding investors against Black, ordering him to return to prison for a 13-month sentence, which he began yesterday.
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
The Justice Department announced on Tuesday that it will prosecute a Somali man accused of having ties to two terrorist groups in a civilian court.
The man, Ahmed Abdulkadir Warsame was charged with nine counts related to accusations that he provided support to the Shabab in Somalia and Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in Yemen. Though he is reported to be in his mid-20s and has not been charged with plotting any specific attacks, the Justice Department has called Warsame a "Shabab leader."
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
The federal agency overseeing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac failed to act on almost 100 complaints filed from July 2008 to October 2010, pertaining to possible foreclosure abuse and mortgage fraud at the taxpayer-owned mortgage finance agencies. The companies did not refer the complaints to criminal investigators or other law-enforcement authorities, according to a report issued late Tuesday by the inspector general of the Federal Housing Finance Agency.
Friday, February 25, 2011
By Jami Floyd : IAFC Blogger
Let's all stop and take a deep breath to reconsider the news of this week.
The Obama administration announced it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).