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New opinion memo from DOJ concludes FDA lacks jurisdiction to regulate execution drugs

As long-time readers know, state execution efforts have sometimes been thwarted in recent years because of an inability to access needed drugs for lethal injections. This new Washington Post article, headlined "Justice Department says FDA ‘lacks jurisdiction’ over death-penalty drugs," reports on the possible start to a new chapter in this long-running saga. Here are the details: The Justice Department says in a new legal opinion that the Food and Drug Administration does not have authority ove...
Tags: Texas, Law, Obama, Washington Post, Senate, China, India, United States, Arizona, Food And Drug Administration, Madonna, Fda, Houston, Doj, Justice Department, Trump


Highlighting how judges can now bring needed compassion to compassionate release after FIRST STEP Act

In prior posts, I have made much of a key provision of the FIRST STEP Act which allows federal courts to directly reduce sentences under the so-called compassionate release statutory provisions of 18 U.S.C. § 3582(C)(1)(A).  This recent Reason article discussing the impact of this provision in a notable recent case from Montana.  The full title of this article serve as a summary of its contents: "A Terminally Ill, Wheelchair-Bound Inmate Applied for Compassionate Release. The Justice Department ...
Tags: Law, Montana, US, Doj, Justice Department, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, Kevin Ring, Bureau of Prisons BOP, FAMM, US Bureau of Prisons, Steve Brittner, Brittner


The Justice Department Suddenly Changed Its Mind About the Constitution to Defend Trump’s Businesses

In the past two years, the Department has contradicted its entire history
Tags: News, Law, Uncategorized, Justice Department, Onetime, Defend Trump


"Coverage of Trump’s latest rally shows how major media outlets normalize his worst excesses."

Aaron Rupar writes about the Green Bay rally at Vox:The president falsely accused Democrats of supporting infanticide, called the FBI and Justice Department leaders he’s purged from government “scum,” referred to the assembled media as “sick people,” and even admitted his proposal to punish blue states by relocating undocumented immigrants to sanctuary cities was “actually my sick idea.”...The New York Times did attempt to fact-check Trump’s lie about Democrats and abortion — Trump accused Democ...
Tags: Law, Journalism, Fbi, Abortion, The New York Times, Times, Vox, Justice Department, Trump, Green Bay, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump and the press, getting used to Trump, Aaron Rupar, Trump Instead of calling Trump


More concerns expressed about Hudson Institute's place in developing key piece of FIRST STEP Act reforms

In this post a few weeks ago, I flagged this Mother Jones article discussing criticisms of the Justice Department's pick of the Hudson Institute to host the Independent Review Committee required by the FIRST STEP Act to help DOJ develop and implement the Act's risk and needs assessment tools and recidivism reduction programs.  This new Salon article, headlined "Is the Trump Justice Department trying to sabotage the First Step Act?," follows up with a focus on a this joint statement released last...
Tags: Law, Congress, Washington, Israel, US, Middle East, Homeland Security, Doj, George W Bush, Bass, Justice Department, Hudson, Committee, IRC, Trump, Mother Jones


NPR's "FACT CHECK: Russian Interference Went Far Beyond 'Facebook Ads' Kushner Described."

At a Time magazine event, Kushner got out an effective talking point. The whole thing is just a big distraction for the country. You look at what Russia did — buying some Facebook ads to try and sow dissent. And it's a terrible thing, but I think the investigation and all the speculation that's happened over the past two years has had a much harsher impact on our democracy... They said they spent $160,000. I spent $160,000 on Facebook in three hours during the campaign. If you look at the magni...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Russia, Time, United States, New York Times, Npr, Ira, Justice Department, Trump, Internet Research Agency, Mueller, U S Cyber Command, Robert Mueller, Kushner, Ann Althouse


Judge Jack Weinstein provides thorough explanation for FIRST STEP Act crack retroactivity sentence reduction

A few weeks ago, as noted here, the Justice Department issues a press release discussing the implementation of the FIRST STEP Act in which it reported that the "Act’s retroactive application of the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 (reducing the disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine threshold amounts triggering mandatory minimum sentences) has resulted in 826 sentence reductions and 643 early releases."  These numbers are encouraging, though the US Sentencing Commission is this impact ana...
Tags: Law, Congress, United States, Justice Department, Simons, ECF, Jack Weinstein, Douglas A Berman, US Sentencing Commission, Cheyenne Simons, Shaila Dewan Alan Binder


The FBI Has Ignored The GOA’s Concerns Over Use Of Facial Recognition

NextGov: The FBI still has not assessed whether its facial recognition systems meet privacy and accuracy standards nearly three years after a congressional watchdog—the Government Accountability Office—raised multiple concerns about the bureau’s use of the tech. Since 2015, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies have used the Next Generation Identification-Interstate Photo System, which uses facial recognition software to link potential suspects to crimes, pulling from a database of more th...
Tags: Facebook, Fbi, Military, Cia, Goa, Facial Recognition, Justice Department, Sicario, Government Accountability Office, Fusion Centers, JTTF


The Perfect Podcast for Mueller-Report Release Day: ‘Talking Feds’

With the report due out today of the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian election interference, there is one podcast I will be watching for its next episode to come out. Called Talking Feds, the weekly podcast is a roundtable discussion among well-known former federal prosecutors who discuss and analyze high-profile criminal cases in the news — most often the juggernaut that is the Mueller probe. Host Harry Litman The show is hosted by Harry Litman, a former ...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Pennsylvania, Justice Department, Northern District of California, Mueller, Bob Ambrogi, Litman, Melinda Haag, Candace Kelly, Constantine Cannon, Robert S Mueller III, Harry Litman, Martha Boersch


The Perfect Podcast for Mueller-Report Release Day: ‘Talking Feds’

With the report due out today of the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian election interference, there is one podcast I will be watching for its next episode to come out. Called Talking Feds, the weekly podcast is a roundtable discussion among well-known former federal prosecutors who discuss and analyze high-profile criminal cases in the news — most often the juggernaut that is the Mueller probe. Host Harry Litman The show is hosted by Harry Litman, a former ...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Pennsylvania, Justice Department, Northern District of California, Mueller, Litman, Melinda Haag, Candace Kelly, Constantine Cannon, Robert S Mueller III, Harry Litman, Martha Boersch, Special Prosecutions and National Security Unit


"In one case... prosecutors said, patients consented to having their teeth pulled so they could obtain opioid prescriptions from a dentist..."

"In a number of cases, according to the indictments, doctors across the region traded prescriptions for oxycodone and hydrocodone for sexual favors."From "Doctors in five states charged with prescribing pain killers for cash, sex" (WaPo).The 60 people indicted include 31 doctors, seven pharmacists, eight nurse practitioners and seven other licensed medical professionals. The charges involve more than 350,000 illegal prescriptions written in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama and West Virginia, a...
Tags: Crime, Law, Drugs, West Virginia, United States, Teeth, Justice Department, Cincinnati, APPALACHIA, WaPo, Ann Althouse, William P Barr, Brian Benczkowski, Benczkowski, Kentucky Ohio Tennessee Alabama


Notable account of similar states now having different approaches to parole and sentencing reforms

Thanks the the Marshall Project, I just saw this recent local article headlined "As Alabama slowed early paroles, it was slapped for its overcrowded prisons."  The piece is notable in the wake of the recent awful Justice Department report, noted here, about the horrible condition of Alabama's prisons.  And I found particularly interesting the lengthy article's contrasting account of parole and sentencing reform practices in a neighboring state: Mississippi, according to the Sentencing Project, ...
Tags: Mississippi, Law, Alabama, Justice Department, Montgomery, Wright, Marshall Project, Bennett Wright, Douglas A Berman, Board of Pardons and Paroles, Sentencing Project, Alabama Sentencing Commission


Extended letter from criminal justice groups calling for robust implementation of the FIRST STEP Act's prison reforms

Via email today, I learned of this notable lengthy letter signed by an array of criminal justice groups addressing key issues related to the implementation of the prison reform components of the FIRST STEP Act.  Because the full letter runs seven pages, I will provide the summary that appeared in the email that I received: [T]his sign-on letter call[s] for the implementation of the First Step Act in a manner that is consistent with Congressional intent and the text of the statute.  The letter, ...
Tags: Law, White House, US, Aclu, Doj, Justice Department, IRC, Hudson Institute, Congressional, NIJ, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, Bureau of Prisons BOP, Prez Trump, FAMM, Independent Review Committee


Notable letter from criminal justice groups calling for robust implementation of the FIRST STEP Act's prison reforms

Via email today, I learned of this notable lengthy letter signed by an array of criminal justice groups addressing key issues related to the implementation of the prison reform components of the FIRST STEP Act.  Because the full letter runs seven pages, I will provide the summary that appeared in the email that I received: [T]his sign-on letter call[s] for the implementation of the First Step Act in a manner that is consistent with Congressional intent and the text of the statute.  The letter, ...
Tags: Law, White House, US, Aclu, Doj, Justice Department, IRC, Hudson Institute, Congressional, NIJ, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, Bureau of Prisons BOP, Prez Trump, FAMM, Independent Review Committee


Ask the author: “Mr. Everything” – Joan Biskupic on Chief Justice John Roberts

The following is a series of questions posed by Ronald Collins to Joan Biskupic about Biskupic’s book “The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts” (Basic Books, 2019, 432 pp., cloth: $32.00). Joan Biskupic is a legal analyst at CNN and the author of three previous biographies of Supreme Court justices. She has also served as the Supreme Court correspondent for The Washington Post and USA Today. Welcome Joan, and thank you for taking the time to participate in this qu...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, Boston, Court, Book Reviews, America, Barack Obama, Reagan, Cnn, Harvard, Citizens United, Arizona, Republican, Usa Today


"Attorney General William Barr has assembled a team to review controversial counterintelligence decisions made by Justice Department and FBI officials..."

"... including actions taken during the probe of the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016," Bloomberg reports."I am reviewing the conduct of the investigation and trying to get my arms around all the aspects of the counterintelligence investigation that was conducted during the summer of 2016." Barr told [the Democratic-controlled House Appropriations subcommittee] on Tuesday.Barr’s inquiry is separate from a long-running investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general...Asked about ...
Tags: Law, Bloomberg, Fbi, Gop, House, Senate Appropriations Committee, Justice Department, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Mueller, Barr, Ann Althouse, William Barr


A few comments on implementing the FIRST STEP Act in written testimony from AG William Barr

Attorney General William Barr testified today before a House Appropriations subcommittee. Unsurprisingly, media and twitter attention is focused on what AG Barr had to say about the Mueller report. But notably, while AG Barr's written statement did not even mention the Mueller report, he says a lot about the Trump administration's budget proposal for the Justice Department and has this paragraph about the FIRST STEP Act: In December, Congress passed and the President signed the First Step Act o...
Tags: Law, Congress, House, Justice Department, Trump, Federal Bureau of Prisons BOP, Mueller, NIJ, National Institute of Justice NIJ, AG Barr, Douglas A Berman, William Barr


In wake of gruesome DOJ report, Alabama Gov plans to build three large new prisons with taxpayer price tag of about a billion dollars

As detailed in this new piece, headlined "Torture, rape, murder: Details from investigation into Alabama’s prison crisis," a Justice Department report on Alabama's prisons released this week was truly brutal: Sexually assaulted Alabama prison inmates fear reporting abuse, knowing they will be punished for what prison officials say is deliberately creating a safety hazard. Family members of inmates are extorted by other inmates who threaten their imprisoned loved ones -- unless the family pays a...
Tags: Law, Senate, Alabama, House, Doj, Monrovia, Justice Department, McCutcheon, Ward, U S Department of Justice, Legislature, SPLC, Southern Poverty Law Center, Mac McCutcheon, Graybill, Ivey


"I’ve covered the Justice Department for three decades, and seldom have I seen a story like the one published in the New York Times this week..."

"... under the headline, 'Some on Mueller's Team Say Report Was More Damaging Than Barr Revealed.' What concerned me most is that the story’s anonymous allegations reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of the role prosecutors play, including special counsels such as Robert Mueller. The job of prosecutors is not, as the Times headline suggested, to pen 'damaging' narratives about people they couldn’t indict. And it’s not their job to air those people’s dirty laundry, or that of suspects outside ...
Tags: Law, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Nyt, Times, Justice Department, James Comey, Comey, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Ann Althouse, Prosecutorial Ethics, John Solomon, Team Mueller


Symposium: There is no valid justification for the citizenship question

Wendy Weiser is the director and Kelly Percival is counsel of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law. At bottom, the citizenship-question cases rest on two principal charges: that the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census form sent to all households will lead to a significant undercount of the U.S. population, especially in immigrant communities and communities of color, and that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross made the decision to add the...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, United States, Commerce, Doj, Justice Department, Ross, Vra, APA, Census Bureau, Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School, American Community, Wilbur Ross, Wendy Weiser


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: Facts, not fears, should control outcome of census citizenship question case

Mithun Mansinghani serves as solicitor general for the state of Oklahoma, which filed an amicus brief joined by 16 other states in support of the petitioners in Department of Commerce v. New York. Pundits, politicians and the media have warned the public for years about the dangers of fear-based politics. In one heavily publicized moment in 2010, comedian-commentators Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert went so far as to hold a half-satirical rally calling for a restoration of sanity in government a...
Tags: New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Obama, Congress, Stephen Colbert, California, United States, Commerce, Athens, ACS, Jon Stewart, Oklahoma, Justice Department, U S Supreme Court


"Trump Celebrates Criminal Justice Overhaul, but His Budget Barely Funds It"

The title of this post is the headline of this notable new article in the New York Times.  Here are excerpts: President Trump on Monday is expected to host about 300 guests, including convicted felons, at the White House for the “First Step Act Celebration,” a party intended to bring attention to a rare piece of bipartisan legislation he passed last year, and which he plans to highlight on the campaign trail. The East Room fete will cap a day of events dedicated to overhauling the criminal just...
Tags: Kim Kardashian, Law, Congress, White House, Npr, Justice Department, Ben Carson, Trump, Mark Holden, Koch Industries, Ivanka Trump, Housing and Urban Development, East Room, Grand Rapids Mich, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman


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


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


Of $208m in fines leveled against robocallers, the FCC has collected ... $6,790

The Wall Street Journal reports that robocallers go largely unpunished, with . As syndicated to Fox News: An FCC spokesman said his agency lacks the authority to enforce the forfeiture orders it issues and has passed all unpaid penalties to the Justice Department, which has the power to collect the fines. Many of the spoofers and robocallers the agency tries to punish are individuals and small operations, he added, which means they are at times unable to pay the full penalties. “Fines serve to ...
Tags: Post, Crime, News, Fcc, Law, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department


Of $208m in fines leveled against robocallers, the FTC has collected ... $6,790

The Wall Street Journal reports that robocallers go largely unpunished, with . As syndicated to Fox News: An FCC spokesman said his agency lacks the authority to enforce the forfeiture orders it issues and has passed all unpaid penalties to the Justice Department, which has the power to collect the fines. Many of the spoofers and robocallers the agency tries to punish are individuals and small operations, he added, which means they are at times unable to pay the full penalties. “Fines serve to ...
Tags: Post, Crime, News, Fcc, Law, Fox News, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department, Ftc


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



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