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DOJ Declines To Provide Cover For Trump Officials Hoping To Blow Off January 6 Commission

Sucks when you can't just shout EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE and flip off Congress anymore, right?
Tags: Law, Congress, Government, Commission, Department Of Justice, Doj


Former Trump inaugural chairman Tom Barrack's bond set at $250 million by federal judge

Former Trump Inaugural Committee chairman Tom Barrack speaks at at a pre-Inaugural "Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration" at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 AP Photo/David J. Phillip A federal judge set financier and former Trump ally Tom Barrack's bond at $250 million. Barrack is charged with illegal foreign lobbying, making false statements, and obstruction. Barrack must wear an ankle bracelet, observe a curfew, and not spend more than $50,000 at...
Tags: Politics, Law, California, Washington, US, Trends, Brooklyn, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Doj, Uae, Trump, Lincoln Memorial, Christina Wilkie, Barrack, David J Phillip


FBI Got 4,500 Tips In Kavanaugh Investigation That It Never Actually Performed

It's almost an insult to the word perfunctory to call it perfunctory.
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Fbi, Courts, Department Of Justice, Brett Kavanaugh


BJS releases new reports on "Correctional Populations in the United States, 2019" and "Probation and Parole in the United States, 2019"

Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics always produces terrific reports on national criminal justice realities, though there is necessarily a time lag in the data reported.  But given they ways the COVID pandemic has changed (and not changed) our criminal justice systems, I think it is especially timely that BJS has just released to big new reports on the state of US correctional populations at the end of 2019, just before the pandemic hit.  Via email, I got news and short description...
Tags: Law, US, United States, Department Of Justice, Bureau Of Justice Statistics, Douglas A Berman, Bjs, Justice Department s Bureau of Justice Statistics, Correctional Populations, Jails Census of Jails National Prisoner Statistics


Leading Democrats oppose Biden plan to end house arrest and potentially return inmates to prison after the pandemic

Prisoners stand outside the federal correctional institution in Englewood, Colo. AP Photo/David Zalubowski Since March 2020, more than 28,000 people have been released from federal prison due to COVID-19. Those released were assessed to face severe health risks if they contracted the coronavirus. Those released currently have to return to prison a month after the pandemic formally ends. See more stories on Insider's business page. Two leading Senate Democrats are urging the White House...
Tags: Politics, News, Law, Congress, Senate, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, New York Times, New Jersey, Department Of Justice, Biden, Illinois, Criminal Justice, Charles Davis, Booker


DOJ Declares Temporary Moratorium on Federal Executions

Attorney General Merrick Garland Thursday issued a moratorium on scheduling of federal executions, pending a study by the Department of Justice on fairness. In a memo to federal prosecutors he wrote: Serious concerns have been raised about the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Law, Department Of Justice, Doj, Merrick Garland


"Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Imposes a Moratorium on Federal Executions; Orders Review of Policies and Procedures"

The title of this post is the heading of this notable new US Justice Department press release.  Here is the main text of the press release: Today, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland issued a memorandum imposing a moratorium on federal executions while a review of the Justice Department’s policies and procedures is pending. “The Department of Justice must ensure that everyone in the federal criminal justice system is not only afforded the rights guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the Un...
Tags: Law, US, United States, Department Of Justice, Justice Department, Garland, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, Merrick B Garland, Justice Manual, Office of Legal Policy, Federal Executions


Morning Docket: 06.30.21

* Donald Trump is suing the State of New York over a golf course. Bet he hopes the litigation doesn't end up in the rough... [Washington Post] * A grand jury may soon be investigating the recent building collapse in Surfside, Florida. [Insider] * The Second Circuit has ordered an alleged "copyright troll" to file a sanctions opinion against him in all cases in which he is involved and to mail the decision to clients. Almost seems like a scarlet letter... [ABA Journal] * Apparently, Attorne...
Tags: New York, Law, Washington Post, Copyright, Golf, Fox News, Department Of Justice, Air Force, Donald Trump, ABA Journal, Second Circuit, Garland, Surfside, Morning Docket, Surfside Florida, Space Force


Older Americans report higher levels of age discrimination in the workplace, but it's getting harder to prove in court

Skye Gould/Insider The AARP has found that women are more likely than men to say they've experienced age discrimination, and Black workers are more likely to say they've experienced age discrimination than white workers. Sarah Mason/Getty Images According to the AARP, 78% of older workers saw or experienced age discrimination in 2020. Proving age discrimination in court, however, is difficult and can take years. A 2009 Supreme Court case raised the bar for what older w...
Tags: Maryland, Supreme Court, Law, Boston, US, Trends, Civil Rights, Department Of Justice, Discrimination, Age Discrimination, Ageism, Costa, Cornell, AARP, EEOC, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Bill Barr Thinks You’re Stupid

Or maybe you were in a coma for the past three years?
Tags: Law, Government, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Bill Barr


John McAfee, software developer charged with U.S. tax evasion, dies in Spanish jail

Photo of John McAfee shared by his wife earlier this year as part of a Twitter post arguing for his release from a Spanish prison. Last week, millionaire software developer John McAfee was in a Spanish court arguing that he shouldn't be extradited to the United States to face tax evasion charges. Today, MacAfee was found dead in his cell at a Barcelona-area jail. There's no official word on the cause of death. News reports, however, say a preliminary investigation found no signs of foul p...
Tags: Death, Taxes, News, Celebrity, Law, Suicide, Global, Spain, Barcelona, Intel, Chicago, Audit, United States, Jail, Department Of Justice, Tax Evasion


Will any new sentencing issues be central to the new "comprehensive crime reduction strategy" soon to come from Prez Biden?

The question in the title of this post is prompted by this new lengthy CNN piece headlined "Concerns rising inside White House over surge in violent crime."  Here are excerpts: A nationwide surge in violent crime has emerged as a growing area of concern inside the White House, where President Joe Biden and his aides have listened with alarm as local authorities warn a brutal summer of killing lies ahead. Biden plans to address the spike in shootings, armed robberies and vicious assaults on Wedn...
Tags: Law, Congress, White House, Joe Biden, Cnn, Department Of Justice, Biden, Justice Department, Kamala Harris, Clinton, Democratic Party, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms, Rose Garden, Jen Psaki, Douglas A Berman, David Chipman


Bolton’s Bet Pays Off Bigly

Garland dumps DOJ suit over Bolton's book.
Tags: Law, Government, Department Of Justice, Bolton, Doj, John Bolton, Garland


Michael Cohen says DOJ acted like 'mafia' under the 'corrupt arm of the Trump administration' after the revelation it secretly obtained data from Democratic lawmakers

Michael Cohen pauses while speaking with members of the media after leaving the Manhattan district attorney’s office on March 19, 2021 in New York City. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images Michael Cohen told Insider the Justice Department was corrupted by former President Donald Trump. The ex-president's former personal attorney was reacting to news the department spied on lawmakers. The department had subpoenaed Apple for data on Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, among others. See mor...
Tags: Apple, Politics, Law, Russia, Trends, Surveillance, New York Times, Manhattan, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Doj, Charles Davis, Justice Department, Trump, Democratic, Cohen


Push To Treat Ransomware Hacking Like Terrorism Is 21st Century Defense U.S. Investment Needs

The Department of Justice went so far as to declare 2020 the 'worst year ever' for extortion-related cyberattacks.
Tags: Law, Finance, Ransomware, Hacking, Department Of Justice, Cyberattacks, Darkside, Colonial Pipeline, ATL Finance, Finance Docket, Century Defense U S Investment Needs


Merrick Garland Is Exactly The Kid You Hated In Law School

As we all know, defamation is one of the president's enumerated powers... or something.
Tags: Law, Government, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Merrick Garland, E. Jean Carroll


Bitcoin tumbles 12% after US authorities claw back most of Colonial Pipeline crypto ransom

Cesc Maymo/Getty Images The DOJ's new Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force has recovered most of the Colonial Pipeline ransom. The task force recovered 63.7 bitcoin or $2.3 million worth of the $4.3 million ransom. The FBI declined to specifically say how it seized the funds from "Darkside" hackers. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. The price of bitcoin tumbled roughly 12% on Tuesday to trade around $31,500 per coin.The fall may have been...
Tags: Law, US, Trends, Fbi, Goldman Sachs, Npr, Department Of Justice, Biden, Doj, Georgetown, Tim Wu, Paul Abbate, Abbate, Colonial Pipeline, Will Daniel, Institute for Technology Law


Bitcoin tumbles 10% after US authorities claw back most of Colonial Pipeline crypto ransom

A bitcoin ATM. Cesc Maymo/Getty Images The DOJ's new Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force has recovered most of the Colonial Pipeline ransom. The task force recovered 63.7 bitcoin or $2.3 million worth of the $4.3 million ransom. The FBI declined to specifically say how it seized the funds from "Darkside" hackers. Sign up here for our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. The price of bitcoin tumbled roughly 10% on Tuesday to just under $32,000 per coin.The fall m...
Tags: Law, US, Trends, Fbi, Goldman Sachs, Npr, Department Of Justice, Biden, Doj, Georgetown, Tim Wu, Paul Abbate, Abbate, Colonial Pipeline, Will Daniel, Institute for Technology Law


Morning Docket: 06.08.21

* R. Kelly's attorneys are requesting to withdraw as his counsel and say it is "impossible" to properly represent him. Bet the lawyers hope they aren't "trapped" in the courtroom... [Fox News] * A prominent West Virginia attorney passed away this week following a car crash. [Metro News] * The Department of Justice says it will defend former president Trump in a private defamation lawsuit. [Forbes] * Stormy Daniels says her attorneys are cooperating with investigators looking into the operat...
Tags: Florida, Law, West Virginia, Fox News, Department Of Justice, R. Kelly, Trump, Kelly, Hill, Stormy Daniels, Boca Raton, Trump Organization, Metro News, Morning Docket, President Trump, Boca News Now


"At one of their debates, Mr. Biden accused Mr. Trump of treating the Justice Department like his 'own law firm' in the suit, filed against him by the writer E. Jean Carroll."

"'What’s that all about?' he sarcastically asked. But on Monday night, nearly eight months after Mr. Biden’s attack, his own Justice Department essentially adopted Mr. Trump’s position, arguing that he could not be sued for defamation because he had made the supposedly offending statements as part of his official duties as president. In a brief filed with a federal appeals court in New York... the Biden administration’s Justice Department, now led by Attorney General Merrick B. Garland... said...
Tags: New York, Law, White House, Joe Biden, Department Of Justice, Biden, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Defamation, Carroll, Trump, Oval Office, Ann Althouse, Mr Trump, Merrick B Garland, Trump the ex-President


DOJ Tells Court Plaintiffs’ Baby Died So Fast, It’s Not Like They Got Too Attached

People actually signed their names to this.
Tags: Law, Government, Department Of Justice, DOJ Tells Court Plaintiffs


Diverse six-justice majority rejects broad reading of computer-fraud law

The Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday in Van Buren v. United States provides the court’s first serious look at one of the most important criminal statutes involving computer-related crime, the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s opinion for a majority 0f six firmly rejected the broad reading of that statute that the Department of Justice has pressed in recent years. Among other things, the CFAA criminalizes conduct that “exceeds authorized access” of a compute...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Georgia, United States, Department Of Justice, John Roberts, The Supreme Court, Van Buren, Barrett, Elena Kagan, Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, CFAA, Merits Cases, Brett Kavanaugh


BJS unveils new website and new correctional reports of note

I received via email a press release from the Bureau of Justice Statistics that starts this way: The Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics today launched a redesigned website at a new location: https://bjs.ojp.gov. The modern, user-friendly design will be continually improved to allow the public easier access to new and archived data, interactive graphs and tables and other features. BJS also released three reports that present information on the counts and rates of allegations o...
Tags: Law, Department Of Justice, Bureau Of Justice Statistics, Douglas A Berman


Measuring Progress on Access to Justice Within Sustainable Development Goal SDG 16.3

In 2015 world leaders, acting through the United Nations, agreed to adopt 17 global objectives known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The overarching objective was, and remains, to make measurable progress toward creating a better world by the year 2030 by reducing poverty, fighting inequality and by addressing the emergency of climate change. Among the Sustainable Development Goals is SDG 16, focusing on peace, justice and strong institutions. SDG 16 seeks to promote “a peaceful and...
Tags: New York, Law, Canada, United Nations, Un, OECD, Department Of Justice, Peter Chapman, United Nations Development Program UNDP, Justice Issues, CFCJ, International Development Research Centre IDRC, Cost of Justice, Department of Justice Canada, World Bank the Organization for Economic Co, Foreign Affairs Canada


How Open Is an Open Court Online?

In 2015, Shauna Hall-Coates wrote in the Dalhousie Journal of Legal Studies, Walk into any courtroom today, critics venture, and it will look stunningly similar to those of the past; the judge will be sitting behind the bench, the jury in its box, and the witness on the stand.1 As everyone settles into his or her place selected by centuries of ritual and status quo, the courtroom may even appear as a sanctuary from the trappings of digital technology, so doggedly pursued outside its walls. This ...
Tags: Law, Virginia, Court, Canada, New Brunswick, Bill, Parliament, Department Of Justice, Quebec, Alberta, Sierra Club, Hills, Ontario, Wilson, National Assembly, Mills



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