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Legal News
14 Jan 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The former acting head of the Civil Rights Division at the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] routinely discriminated against job applicants and employees [press release] who did not share his conservative political views, according to a report [text, PDF] released Tuesday. The report, dated July 2, 2008, … [read more]


Legal News
13 Aug 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] US Department of Justice (DOJ) officials accused of politicizing the hiring process will likely not face criminal prosecution, Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official profile] told members of the American Bar Association [official website] on Tuesday. Mukasey criticized [prepared remarks; recorded video] DOJ officials for considering political affiliation in assessing … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jul 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] The US Justice Department Offices of Inspector General and Professional Responsibility [official websites] concluded in a report [PDF text] issued Monday that department aides illegally made hiring decisions based on consideration of applicants' political and ideological beliefs. In early 2007, officials began investigating allegations [JURIST report] that former DOJ … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) [official website] head Scott J. Bloch [official profile] has accused the Department of Justice (DOJ) of impeding an investigation into the "politicization" of the DOJ under former US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] during the 2006 US Attorney firings … [read more]


Legal News
11 Oct 2007
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Former US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] has hired an attorney as the DOJ and the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) continue their investigations [JURIST report] into allegations that Gonzales may have perjured himself [JURIST report] before Congress. Gonzales hired former DOJ second-in-command George Terwilliger … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The New York Times is reporting that US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] has resigned from his post after months of controversy over the Justice Department's handling of the firings of eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive] and subsequent allegations that he may have perjured … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] said Monday that he will stay at the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to improve its damaged image. In prepared testimony [text] released Monday, Gonzales said that he feels "very strongly" that political considerations should not affect the … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website] on Wednesday took the unusual step of sending Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] a letter listing 12 written questions [PDF text] that Leahy hopes Gonzales will be prepared to address when he appears before the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] US Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Glenn A. Fine [official profile] has urged the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs [official website] to strengthen the role of the DOJ's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) by eliminating jurisdictional limitations on the inspector general [transcript, PDF; recorded … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Outgoing US Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty [official profile] Thursday denied [transcript] playing a key role in the controversial firings of at least eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive] in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee [official website]. McNulty disputed the testimony [JURIST report] of former US Department of … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Mike Elston, chief of staff to US Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty [official profile; JURIST news archive], announced his resignation Friday, making him the fifth Department of Justice (DOJ) official linked to the controversial firing of at least eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive] to resign. Elston, whose resignation … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (OIG) and Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) [official websites] confirmed in a letter [PDF text] to the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that an ongoing DOJ internal investigation into politicized hiring decisions [JURIST report] has expanded to include an alleged March … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] At least one-third of the 37 immigration judges appointed by the Justice Department since 2004 are highly-connected Republicans or Bush administration insiders and half of those appointed lacked prior experience in immigration law, the Washington Post reported Monday. Immigration judges, who sit alone on cases, annually deport approximately 250,000 … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2007
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The Office of Inspector General and Office of Professional Responsibility [official websites] of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) have expanded internal investigations [JURIST report] into whether politics played a role in hiring decisions within the department, the DOJ confirmed in a letter [PDF text] sent Wednesday to the … [read more]


Legal News
25 May 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility [official website] has expanded its investigation [JURIST report] into whether department aides illegally made hiring decisions based on consideration of applicants' political beliefs, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. The move follows Wednesday's testimony [JURIST report] to the House Judiciary … [read more]


Legal News
25 May 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The US Senate has scheduled debate and a vote on a resolution expressing the Senate's lack of confidence [JURIST report] in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [JURIST news archive] for mid-June. Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) [official website] said Thursday that 26 Democratic senators join him in co-sponsoring the no-confidence … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Former US Department of Justice aide Monica Goodling [JURIST news archive] testified before the House Judiciary Committee [official website] Wednesday about the fired US Attorneys scandal [JURIST news archive], saying she did not play a key role in the firings [prepared statement, PDF] but believed that previous Senate Judiciary … [read more]


Legal News
23 May 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Former Department of Justice aide Monica Goodling [JURIST news archive] told the House Judiciary Committee [official website] in a letter Tuesday that she will not give up documents sought by the committee in compliance with a subpoena for e-mails and other papers relating to the firings of eight US … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] US District Judge Thomas Hogan approved an offer of immunity [JURIST report] Friday for former Department of Justice aide Monica Goodling [JURIST news archive], clearing the way for Goodling's testimony before Congress on the firings of eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive]. Under Hogan's order, Goodling may not refuse … [read more]


Legal News
10 May 2007
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Members of the US House Judiciary Committee [official website] questioned [hearing materials] Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Thursday about the US Attorney firing scandal [JURIST news archive], demanding to know whether White House officials ordered the firings of prosecutors for political reasons. Gonzales said his former chief of staff Kyle … [read more]

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