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Morning Docket: 05.15.19

* Donald Trump Jr. has reached an agreement for “limited” testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he’ll discuss no more than a handful of topics for no longer than two-to-four hours. But will he plead the Fifth? [New York Times] * Just when you thought Georgia’s fetal heartbeat law was too extreme, Alabama shows up with a near total abortion ban like it’s some race to see which state can get Roe v. Wade overturned the quickest at the Supreme Court. [NBC News] * Can Presiden...
Tags: Money, Supreme Court, Law, Nbc News, Alabama, Georgia, Harvard, New York Times, Harvey Weinstein, Abortion, Department Of Justice, Senate Intelligence Committee, Biglaw, Trump, Kirkland & Ellis, AG

Fast And Furious: An Ignominious End

David Codrea: “Hours after House Judiciary Committee Democrats voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for withholding parts of the Mueller report, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the House Oversight Committee settled the 2012 contempt case against the DOJ,” The Daily Caller observed. “The case, related to the ‘Fast and Furious’ document subpoena demanded of Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder when Republicans held the majority, is now considered settled, since Demo...
Tags: Obama, Congress, Eric Holder, America, Military, Department Of Justice, Doj, Don, Elijah Cummings, David Codrea, Baal, Department of Justice DOJ, BATFE, Oversight Committee, House Oversight Committee, Bill Barr

Bill Barr Embarrasses Himself, His Office, And America, Again

U.S. Butler General William Barr does the bidding of his irrational boss.
Tags: Law, Government, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, William Barr, Bill Barr

A Celebration Of ‘Not Normal’ Times With Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein

What a great description of his time in Trump's Justice Department.
Tags: Law, Government, Department Of Justice, Quote Of The Day, AG, Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein

Amgen, Astellas To Pay Government Nearly $125M To Resolve Copay Kickback Allegations

The deal struck Thursday follows similar settlements between the Department of Justice and three other drugmakers. The department alleged that the companies started copay-assistance funds that violated anti-kickback laws.
Tags: Law, Department Of Justice, Health Care / Medicine

Access to Justice: More Legal Aid Funding Is Not Enough

The Legal Aid crisis in B.C. is yet another indication that the justice system is simply not working for most Canadians. Access to justice has become a major problem across Canada and it requires a holistic solution, including both more money to Legal Aid services as well as the promotion of new types of service models for people to choose to represent themselves. On March 29, the B.C. government and the Legal Services Society announced a one time grant of $7.9 million to temporarily increase pa...
Tags: Law, Canada, Vancouver, Department Of Justice, Legal aid, Alberta, Calgary, CBA, Justice Issues, Legal Services Society, Lawyer Magazine, Alberta Limited Legal Services Project, Marcus Sixta, Association of Legal Aid Lawyers

Argument analysis: Divided court seems ready to uphold citizenship question on 2020 census

The Supreme Court heard oral argument this morning in the dispute over the Trump administration’s decision to include a question about citizenship on the 2020 census. The federal government says that the Department of Justice wants data about citizenship to better enforce federal voting rights laws. But the challengers in the case counter that asking about citizenship will lead to an inaccurate count, because households with undocumented or Hispanic residents may not respond. After roughly 80 mi...
Tags: Florida, New York, Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, United States, Ireland, House, United Nations, Ohio, Nancy Pelosi, Department Of Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Francisco

Argument preview: Justices will review challenge to census citizenship question

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this post ran on April 2, 2019, as an introduction to this blog’s symposium on Department of Commerce v. New York, as well as at Howe on the Court, where it was originally published. In March 2018, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the 2020 census would ask whether each person being counted by the census is a U.S. citizen. Ross explained that the Department of Justice’s civil rights division wanted the data to better enforce federal voting ri...
Tags: New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Court, United States, Commerce, House Of Representatives, Department Of Justice, Doj, Ross, Gore, Trump, Howe

Morning Docket: 04.12.19

* Judge Maryanne Trump Barry recently retired from the Third Circuit, meaning that not only will the judicial ethics inquiry into her alleged inheritance tax evasion be all for naught, but her little brother, President Donald Trump, will appoint her successor. [Associated Press] * No, it isn't true that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court papers won't be released "until a hundred years after the last justice with whom she has served is no longer alive." Much like conspiracy theorists' c...
Tags: Supreme Court, Breast Cancer, Law, Ukraine, House Of Representatives, Antitrust, Associated Press, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Doj, Law Schools, Biglaw, Martin Shkreli, Third Circuit, Mueller

Morning Docket: 04.09.19

* We might be seeing Trump's tax returns soon... because New York has its own income tax system and doesn't answer to him. States' rights conservatives are surely rejoicing. [New York Law Journal] * Gordon Caplan looking at 8-14 months if the judge follows the Guidelines, with prosecutors recommending the lower end. [American Lawyer] * Allison Mack's crazy sex cult charges end in a guilty plea. [Huffington Post] * Good career advice everyone can take from Kirstjen Nielsen's unceremonious firi...
Tags: New York, Law, Government, Antitrust, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Doj, Huffington Post, Cvs, Courthouse News Service, Trump, Aetna, Department of Labor, New York Law Journal, Morning Docket, Bloomberg Law

"Declining Corporate Prosecutions"

The title of this post is the title of this notable new paper authored by Brandon Garrett.  Here is its abstract: Ten years ago, people across the U.S. protested that “too big to jail” banks were not held accountable after the financial crisis.  Little has changed.  Two years into the Trump Administration, newly collected data allows one to assess what impact a series of new policies have had on corporate enforcement.  To provide a snapshot comparison, in its last 20 months, the Obama Administr...
Tags: Law, Obama Administration, Department Of Justice, Doj, Douglas A Berman, Trump Administration, Brandon Garrett

Senator Klobuchar talking up "second step" criminal justice reforms with a focus on the clemency process

Senator Amy Klobuchar, who is running for President and who served as a local prosecutor for eight years, has this notable new commentary at CNN running under the headline "On criminal justice reform, it's time for a second step." Here are excerpts: Our criminal justice system is broken. Today we know that our country has more than 20% of the world's incarcerated people, even though we have less than 5% of the world's population.  And we know racial disparities at every level of our system have...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Congress, White House, Cnn, Amy Klobuchar, Department Of Justice, New York University, Prez Obama, Klobuchar, Hennepin County, University of St Thomas, Douglas A Berman, Mark Osler, Rachel E Barkow

Symposium: Only in America

Hans von Spakovsky is the manager of the Election Law Reform Initiative and a senior legal fellow at the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation. Foreign observers must be shaking their heads in disbelief that adding a citizenship question to the U.S. census has proved so controversial as to result in litigation. Department of Commerce v. New York will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on April 23. Predicting how the court will rule is always dicey. But given...
Tags: New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, America, United States, Commerce, United Nations, Wisconsin, ACS, Department Of Justice, Doj, Justice Department, Ross

Symposium: Unfinished business — SCOTUS and the citizenship question

Erin Hustings is legislative counsel for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund. When the Supreme Court reviews the Census Bureau’s proposed citizenship question, it will face the issue after extraordinary gaps in procedure. Because of deadlines for printing the census forms and other preparations, litigants have had to forgo appeals-court review and approach the justices without the benefit of the views of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 9...
Tags: Asia, New York, Featured, Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, California, Court, Hawaii, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Department Of Homeland Security, Ross, Vra, Trump, U S District Court

Symposium: The enumeration clause and Census Act provide important reviewable constraints on the conduct of the decennial census — and Secretary Ross violated both

Mary McCord serves as Senior Litigator at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection and Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. She is co-counsel on an amicus brief for the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the respondents in Department of Commerce v. New York. The “enumeration clause” at the heart of the upcoming argument in Department of Commerce v. New York may not appear terribly enlightening on its own, but its importance as a vital cornerston...
Tags: New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, United States, Commerce, House Of Representatives, Wisconsin, Department Of Justice, Ross, Merriam Webster, Department of Commerce, U S House of Representatives, Electoral College, Georgetown University Law Center

Former Prosecutors Pretty Confident We’ve Got More Trump Indictments Coming

VICE talks to former prosecutors about the continuing Trump inquiries.
Tags: Television, Law, Government, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Trump, Michael Cohen, Robert Mueller, Jaimie Nawaday, Kan Nawaday

Justices will review challenge to census citizenship question: In Plain English

In March 2018, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the 2020 census would ask whether each person being counted by the census is a U.S. citizen. Ross explained that the Department of Justice’s civil rights division wanted the data to better enforce federal voting rights laws, and he characterized the decision as routine: From 1820 until 1950, the census had generally included a question about citizenship, and from 1960 until 2000, the census asked some respondents whether they were U...
Tags: New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, California, Court, United States, Commerce, House Of Representatives, Department Of Justice, Doj, Ross, Gore, Trump, Howe

Encouraging news and inspiring notes as White House celebrates FIRST STEP Act

This Washington Examiner piece, headlined "Trump announces Second Step Act to help ex-prisoners find work," reviews some highlights from today's celebration of the FIRST STEP Act at the White House today. Here are excerpts: President Trump announced plans Monday for a Second Step Act focused on easing employment barriers for formerly incarcerated people.  "We are proving we're a nation that believes in redemption," Trump said at a White House event celebrating people released under the First St...
Tags: Law, White House, Department Of Justice, Alice, Department Of Education, Trump, Powell, Donald J Trump, Georgetown University, Washington Examiner, Department of Labor, Shon Hopwood, Alice Johnson, Douglas A Berman, Bureau of Prisons BOP, Tiffany Trump

Non Sequiturs: 03.31.19

* Even Jonathan Adler, no fan of Obamacare, can't support the Justice Department's shift of position in the ongoing Affordable Care Act litigation out of Texas. [Volokh Conspiracy / Reason] * John Lauro continues to protect the reputation of his client Wendi Adelson, ex-wife of murdered law professor Dan Markel. [2paragraphs] * Meanwhile, another player in the Dan Markel case -- David Oscar Markus, counsel to Charlie Adelson -- argues that Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney Gene...
Tags: Texas, Technology, Supreme Court, Law, Scotus, Obamacare, Congress, Religion, Court, Affordable Care Act, Marco Rubio, Department Of Justice, First Amendment, Justice Department, Legal Technology, Constitutional Law

"Searching for A Kardashian: Kim helped get clemency for Alice Johnson, who will help me?"

The title of this post is the title of this notable commentary authored by Christopher Hunter and recently posted to Medium.  The piece is a poignant accounting of what it is like to be serving a lengthy federal prison term for a drug offense while there is on-going talk of clemency prospects.  I recommend the piece in full, and here is an excerpt: In 2005, a federal judge sentenced me to 420 months in prison for selling cocaine.  That’s 35 years.  I never believed I would do all that time.  Ca...
Tags: Law, Obama, White House, NFL, Anquan Boldin, Kardashian, Kim, Department Of Justice, Johnson, Trump, Willie Wonka, Van Jones, Kim K, Willy Wonka, Kid Rock, Alice Johnson

Morning Docket: 03.29.19

* President Trump claims that the FBI and the DOJ will be investigating the Jussie Smollett case because it’s an “absolute embarrassment to our country.” Meanwhile, in more realistic news, Chicago wants the Empire actor to pay $130,000 to cover the costs of the officers who worked on the case. [Wall Street Journal] * According to Diane Feinstein, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat, “the blue slip is essentially dead.” May the century-old tradition rest in peace. [Big Law Business] *...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Time, Fbi, Chicago, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Doj, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department, Law Schools, Wells Fargo, Trump, Reuters, Nra, Jussie Smollett

Class action roundup

Supreme Court remands Frank v. Gaos to lower court on standing issue, thus sidestepping cy pres question; dissenting from per curiam ruling, Justice Clarence Thomas writes that cy pres payments are “not a form of relief to the absent class members and should not be treated as such (including when calculating attorney’s fees)” [opinion; Ronald Mann, SCOTUSBlog] New Manhattan Institute report details problems with cy pres, including its use to support ideologically fraught groups and those advan...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Uncategorized, US, Department Of Justice, Class Actions, Frank, U S Department of Justice, Larry, Lenny, Clarence Thomas, Cowen, Ronald Mann, GAOS, Cy Pres, Class Action Settlements

Why Is The ATF Making Secret Rules For The Firearms Industry?

Ted Bromund: The Sessions memo was backed up in January 2018 by a new Department of Justice policy that “prohibits the use of agency guidance documents in affirmative civil litigation in a manner that would convert such guidance into binding rules of conduct.” The ATF understood these directives to mean that it had to stop issuing public, industry-wide guidance or opinions—the very documents that could ensure uniform compliance in industry with existing regulations. When this author reached out ...
Tags: America, Military, Gun Control, Department Of Justice, ATF, Jeff Sessions, Ted Bromund, Jared Febbroriello

Top 5 Buzzkills Keeping Cannabis Down And Out (And Emerging)

Unfortunately, most of these are here to stay thanks to the Department of Justice and the Controlled Substances Act.
Tags: Law, Government, Marijuana, Cannabis, Department Of Justice, Hilary Bricken

Morning Docket: 03.15.19

* "This is not a normal vote. This will be a vote about the very nature of our constitution and the separation of powers." The Senate voted to reject President Trump's declaration of the national emergency, with 12 Republicans joining with their Democratic colleagues. Now, we'll wait for the reality TV spectacular that will be the president's first veto. [Washington Post] * A poster of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the target of anti-Semitic graffiti in New York. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task F...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington Post, Senate, Copyright, New York Times, House Of Representatives, Deaths, Department Of Justice, Title IX, Donald Trump, Nirvana, Marc Jacobs, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Department, Kurt Cobain

Morning Docket: 03.13.19

* Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) of the House Intelligence Committee is none too pleased with the Justice Department at the moment. Apparently two unnamed senior officials said the DOJ might refuse to share special counsel Robert Mueller's report with Congress, a claim Schiff called "absolutely insupportable." [ABC News] * Last week, Paul Manafort was sentenced to under four years in jail by Judge T.S. Ellis III (just a little less than the 19 to 24 years called for in the sentencing guideline...
Tags: Elon Musk, Law, Congress, Breastfeeding, Theresa May, Department Of Justice, Usa Today, House Intelligence Committee, Women's Issues, Abc News, Sexual Harassment, Doj, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department, Brexit, Securities And Exchange Commission

Argument preview: Justices to determine relevant statute of limitations for whistleblower suits under the False Claims Act

Liza Starr, a student at Stanford Law School and a member of Stanford’s Supreme Court Clinic, co-authored this post. On March 19, the Supreme Court will hear argument in Cochise Consultancy Inc. v. United States, ex rel. Hunt. The justices will consider how two statutes of limitations under the False Claims Act apply to whistleblower (also known as “qui tam”) suits when the government has not intervened in the case. Enacted in 1863 amidst rampant fraud by Civil War contractors, the FCA has grown...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Iraq, Afghanistan, United States, Fca, Graham, Department Of Justice, Chamber of Commerce, Wilson, Hunt, Parsons, U S Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit

Senator (and Prez candidate) Cory Booker introduces "Next Step Act of 2019" with wide array of sentencing and criminal justice reforms

As set forth in this press release, "U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) today introduced a sweeping criminal justice bill — the Next Step Act  — that would make serious and substantial reforms to sentencing guidelines, prison conditions, law enforcement training, and re-entry efforts."  Here is more about this new (lengthy) legislative proposal from the press release: The Next Step Act is the most comprehen...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, House, Department Of Justice, Booker, Senate Judiciary Committee, Cory Booker, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Douglas A Berman

"3 more steps to make 'First Step Act' work"

The title of this post is the headline of this recent Hill commentary authored by Jessica Jackson. Here are excerpts: The First Step Act aims to transform the federal prison system, prioritize rehabilitation over punishment, and reform some of our nation’s harshest prison sentences — remnants of the outdated War on Drugs.  While getting any meaningful legislation signed into law is worthy of celebration, in most cases it is just the beginning of a much longer battle. The hard work — the part th...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, White House, House, Department Of Justice, Trump, Bureau, Review Committee, Barr, Jessica Jackson, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, William Barr, Mark Inch, Independent Review Committee

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