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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]

Ferguson mayor fires 3 city employees after DOJ investigation
March 6, 2015
Ferguson, Missouri Mayor James Knowles reportedly fired three city employees on Thursday after an investigation by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) exposed racist e-mails and racially disparate police practices in the city. One of the employees was a former City Court Clerk, and two others employ....... [more]

DOJ report: no prosecution of Ferguson police officer
March 4, 2015
A US Department of Justice (DOJ) report released Wednesday says the department will not prosecute Darren Wilson, the former Ferguson police officer who shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last August. According to the report, the DOJ found that there is "no evidence upon which prose....... [more]

DOJ announces $1.375 billion settlement with S&P
February 3, 2015
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Tuesday that, after two years of litigation, Standard & Poor's (S&P) on Monday reached an agreement to settle a series of lawsuits for $1.375 billion. The lawsuits accuse the credit rating firm of defrauding investors and sending out inaccurate ra....... [more]

North Carolina AG to appeal abortion law ruling
December 26, 2014
North Carolina's Attorney General (AG) Roy Cooper announced Friday that he plans to appeal a recent decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that struck down the state's ultrasound abortion law, the Women's Right to Know Act. The Fourth Circuit held that the law, which requires ph....... [more]

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]




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