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Federal government sues New York City over Rikers Island prison conditions
December 18, 2014
Federal prosecutors sued New York City on Thursday over violent conditions at Rikers Island prison. The lawsuit comes after an August report by the US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York, which found a "deep-seated culture of violence" against teenage inmates at the facility. Whi....... [more]

The Senate Torture Report and Prior Admissions
December 9, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the recently released Senate Torture Report ... The recently released Torture Report of the Senate Intelligence Committee adds another layer of proof of serial international criminality that was manifestly authoriz....... [more]

Obama administration to issue new rules on racial profiling
December 6, 2014
Government officials for the Obama administration, on Friday, announced the coming of new rules intended to decrease racial profiling. These rules, to be released by the Justice Department as an expansion of anti-profiling laws passed in 2003, are expected to impact federal law enforcement agencie....... [more]

DOJ investigation into Cleveland police finds pattern of excessive force
December 5, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that a civil rights investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) into the Cleveland Division of Police discovered "a pattern or practice of unreasonable and unnecessary use of force." The investigation, which began in March 2013, was sparked by....... [more]

DOJ to investigate death of Eric Garner
December 4, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will launch a civil rights investigation into the death of Eric Garner, the unarmed black man who was killed last summer after being placed in a choke hold by a white New York City police officer during an arres....... [more]

DOJ seeks stay on release of Guantanamo force-feeding videos
October 17, 2014
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a motion in the US District Court for the District of Columbia seeking to stay an order issued by the court earlier this month requiring the public release of 28 videos showing the forcible removal and forced feeding of Guantanamo Bay detainee Wa'el Dhiab....... [more]

Supreme Court declines to rule on DOJ phone records memo
October 14, 2014
The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand an appeals court ruling that said the US Department of Justice (DOJ) could refuse to release a 2010 memo regarding phone record collection under an exception to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The court will not hear an appeal from civil liberties g....... [more]

Federal judge blocks Texas voter ID law
October 13, 2014
US District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos on Saturday filed a permanent injunction against the enforcement of a Texas voter ID law. The injunction follows a 147-page opinion issued on Thursday in which Ramos found that the voter ID law violates the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments of the US Constit....... [more]

Twitter files lawsuit against FBI and DOJ over government surveillance
October 8, 2014
The social media company Twitter filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against both the FBI (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking more information about government surveillance. Twitter is seeking to publish what they call a "transparency report" in order to inform their users about US government s....... [more]

Holder announces resignation from Justice Department
September 26, 2014
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation from the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday. Holder, appointed in February 2009, was the first African-American to hold the position of Attorney General in the US and has had one of the longest terms as Attorney General. In his remarks o....... [more]

Department of Justice releases report on police body-worn cameras
September 14, 2014
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Friday released a report detailing recommendations and warnings regarding the use of body-worn cameras by police. The report, authored by the DOJ's Community Oriented Policing Services office, consisted of a survey of 254 law enforcement agencies and how they im....... [more]




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