July 9, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On July 9, 2009, a group of federal judges urged the US Sentencing Commission (USSC) to revise the calculations used to determine federal criminal sentences, calling them complicated and mechanical. A few months earlier, US Attorney General Eric Holder had called for a review of disparities ...[read more]
May 7, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On May 7, 2009, the US Supreme Court denied an application for a stay of deportation filed by accused concentration camp prison guard John Demjanjuk. Demjanjuk was facing deportation to Germany where he had been charged with 29,000 counts of accessory to murder for his alleged actions at the ...[read more]
June 30, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that he would continue investigating the deaths of two detainees who died during interrogations by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Former attorney general Michael Mukasey had appointed Assistant United States Attorney John Durham in 2008 ...[read more]
February 7, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On February 7, 2008, US Attorney General Michael Mukasey rejected calls to launch a Department of Justice (DOJ) probe into the CIA's admitted use of waterboarding on three terror detainees. In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Mukasey said that because the CIA had relied on a DOJ ...[read more]
January 7, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On January 7, 2009, US Attorney General Michael Mukasey ruled that aliens may no longer challenge deportation hearings based on ineffective assistance of counsel. Mukasey's opinion, which is binding on immigration courts and the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), held that immigrants have no ...[read more]
November 18, 2009
by Dwyer Arce
US Attorney General Eric Holder appeared Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee to answer questions regarding the decision to try five men accused of conspiring to commit the 9/11 terrorist attacks in federal court. In his opening remarks, Holder refuted the arguments made by his ...[read more]
August 24, 2009
by Matt Glenn
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will open a preliminary review into allegations of prisoner abuse by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) interrogators during the Bush administration. Holder's decision follows a recommendation by the... ...[read more]
June 4, 2009
by Devin Montgomery
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday vacated an order by former attorney general Michael Mukasey that had denied those facing deportation the right to challenge immigration decisions based on ineffective assistance of counsel claims. Mukasey's order had held that the Fifth Amendment righ... ...[read more]
June 3, 2009
by Ingrid Burke
Matter of Enrique Salas Compean, US Attorney General Eric Holder, June 3, 2009. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here. Holder order... ...[read more]
May 18, 2009
by Andrew Morgan
A coalition of progressive organizations Monday filed disciplinary complaints with five state bar associations seeking the disbarment of 12 former US government officials associated with the legal rationales behind the Bush administration's use of enhanced interrogation techniques. Complaints f... ...[read more]

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