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Major banks plead guilty to rigging foreign currency markets
May 22, 2015
Five of the world's largest banks agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to rigging currency markets and to pay over USD $5 billion in penalties to the US Department of Justice (DOJ), along with several domestic and international agencies. Traders from Citicorp, Barclays, the Royal Bank of Scotland, JPMo....... [more]

US Attorney General announces investigation into Baltimore police
May 9, 2015
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Friday announced the launch of a federal civil rights investigation into Baltimore's police. Authorities, Lynch said, would look for discriminating practices by police and begin to review allegations of unlawful searches, seizures and arrests as well as excessiv....... [more]

US Senate confirms Loretta Lynch as attorney general
April 23, 2015
The US Senate on Thursday voted 56-43 to confirm Loretta Lynch to serve as Attorney General, establishing her as the first black woman to lead the Justice Department. Lynch was nominated by the Senate Judiciary Committee 188 days prior on November 8 but had her confirmation hearing delayed up by a....... [more]

The DOJ Opposition to the Proposed Sentencing Guideline Amendments: Fighting the Wrong Battles in Fraud Cases
April 4, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist Randall D. Eliason of the George Washington University Law School discusses DOJ's recent opposition to relaxed sentencing guidelines ... On March 12, 2015, the US Sentencing Commission held a public hearing on its annual proposed amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines....... [more]

DOJ: prison officials must treat gender identity disorder
April 4, 2015
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a statement of interest on Friday with the US District Court for the Middle District of Georgia stating that the Eighth Amendment requires individualized assessment and treatment for inmates suffering from gender dysphoria. The Southern Poverty Law Center bro....... [more]

DOJ urges appeals court to reverse ruling on immigration action
March 31, 2015
The US Department of Justice on Monday urged the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to reverse the injunction blocking the president's immigration executive action. The government is challenging the preliminary injunction issued last month that placed a hold on the executive action that could....... [more]

The Rules Have Not Changed Regarding Armed Conflict
March 30, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist David M. Crane of Syracuse University College of Law discusses enforcing the laws of armed conflict in an age of extremes... Shortly after three planes went into three buildings on September 11, 2001 the chief law enforcement officer of the US, Attorney General Albert Gonza....... [more]

Israel law center petitions DOJ to prosecute Hamas
March 30, 2015
The Israel Law Center released a complaint on Friday asking the US Department of Justice to prosecute several Hamas leaders for their involvement in the attack on Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport (BGA) last summer. The rocket attacks between Israel and Palestine that occurred this past summ....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit to protect US secrets on Iran
March 24, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a lawsuit against an anti-Iran advocacy group on Monday, claiming the case could raise national security risks by revealing state secrets. The order stems from a defamation lawsuit filed by Greek shipping company owner....... [more]

DOJ criticizes new white collar crime sentencing recommondations
March 14, 2015
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday criticized the US Sentencing Commission after a federal panel introduced a proposal which would reduce prison time for white-collar criminals. The DOJ objected to the panel's ideas to reduce prison sentences for various fraud-related crimes. Reports ind....... [more]

DOJ asks Fifth Circuit to stay injunction against new immigration policy
March 14, 2015
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday sought an immediate stay pending appeal of a Fifth Circuit preliminary injunction against the recent immigration initiative announced by US President Barack Obama that would halt the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants. The injunction wa....... [more]




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