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Trump justice: He's using his office to reward friends, punish enemies and tarnish America

We count on an independent Department of Justice to look out for us and for America. But Trump has commandeered DOJ to protect his friends and allies.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Trump’s New Spy Chief Used to Work for a Foreign Politician the US Accused of Corruption

This article first appeared at ProPublica. ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. President Donald Trump’s new acting intelligence director, Richard Grenell, used to do consulting work on behalf of an Eastern European oligarch who is now a fugitive and was recently barred from entering the U.S. under anti-corruption sanctions imposed last month by the State Department. In 2016, Gre...
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Google's $2.1 billion Fitbit acquisition is a major privacy risk, Europe data body warns

Google said it would acquire Fitbit for $2.1 billion in November 2019. But regulators might put the acquisition on ice over privacy concerns. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB), which advises the European Commission on data protection law, says it's worried about the massive tech firm accumulating yet more personal data. Google is already under investigation by the EU for how it collects user data, and the US Department of Justice is separately investigating the Fitbit acquisition. Visi...
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'This is not just Roger being Roger': Stone gets 40 months – and a scolding from the judge

Amy Berman Jackson tore into Trump’s longtime friend and reminded the court ‘he was prosecuted for covering up for the president’Roger Stone, a longtime friend of Donald Trump and a self-styled dirty trickster of American politics, showed little emotion as he stood, squeezed between his defense team, at the front of the courtroom to await his sentence on Thursday.“Unsurprisingly, I have a lot to say,” the federal district court judge Amy Berman Jackson began.She was aware, of course, of the extr...
Tags: News, Washington, United States, Las Vegas, Department Of Justice, Jackson, Donald Trump, Trump, Nixon, Roger Stone, Roger, Stone, Kristin Davis, Amy Berman Jackson, Paul Manafort Trump, William Barr

Roger Stone gets 40-month federal prison sentence ... but will he ever actually serve it?

As reported in this Politico piece, headlined "Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday to just more than three years in prison, a decision that raises immediate questions about whether President Donald Trump will pardon his longtime political confidant for what the president has decried as a miscarriage of justice." Here is more about notable sentencing: U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson handed down Stone’s 40-month sentence in a packed Washington, D.C., courtroom after spending more than...
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Who won the Nevada Democratic debate? Our panelists' verdict

The debate was so vicious at times that it resembled a circular firing squad. So who emerged as the victor? Jessa Crispin: ‘Angry Elizabeth Warren is back – and that’s good’So thrilled to have lived long enough to witness Mayor Bloomberg’s performance on the debate stage. Oh, to revel in his deadly charisma, in his power to unify the nation and lead us into a better future. He was so magnetic I simply kept forgetting he was on the stage. He was so inarticulate, timid, easily flummoxed, and fille...
Tags: New York, News, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, US, America, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, New Hampshire, Iowa, Warren, Medicare, Amy Klobuchar, Nevada, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump

Trump’s Choice for Intel Chief Leaves Officials ‘Blindsided’

President Donald Trump’s announcement that he had selected a loyalist and political ally as his administration’s next intelligence chief quickly raised eyebrows Wednesday on Capitol Hill among Democrats already concerned about the state of Team Trump’s attitude toward the intelligence community.On Wednesday night, Trump tweeted that Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Germany with a long history in the orbit of Trumpworld, would be named as the next acting Director of National Intelligence. ...
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Working All The Angles

Michael Flynn pleaded guilty but has managed to forestall actually being sentenced. He fired his legal team, hired a new lawyer, is trying to withdraw his guilty plea – and now his new lawyer is coming out with a new book. All while Flynn’s sentencing has been delayed repeatedly. “CONVICTION MACHINE: Standing Up to Federal Prosecutorial Abuse,” by Flynn attorney Sidney Powell and Harvey A. Silverglate, is due out March 17. The book goes Deep State hard, judging by a press release from its p...
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Trump Drags Comey Into His Griping About Blagojevich’s Prison Sentence

As he was defending his commutation of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s (D) prison sentence on Wednesday, President Donald Trump dragged one of his favorite punching bags onto the scene. Arguing that the disgraced ex-governor “did not sell” Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat (he was arrested before he could do so), Trump lamented Blagojevich’s eight years in prison. “He paid a big price,” Trump tweeted. “Another Comey and gang deal!” It was the second time Trump blamed former FBI Directo...
Tags: News, Obama, Senate, Barack Obama, Fbi, Ed, Lockheed Martin, Department Of Justice, Illinois, Donald Trump, Justice Department, James Comey, Trump, Roger Stone, Fitzgerald, Comey

Democrats Still Haven’t Come to Terms with 2016

In an otherwise excellent Politico article advising Democrats how to avoid the fate of 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former Obama staffer Dan Pfeiffer offers his team some self-soothing revisionism regarding the 2016 election:> When all is said and done, the 2016 election might end up being a black-swan event. The combination of Russian interference, Comey intervention and multiple third-party candidates make that election a hard one to extract guidance from.Guess what? Every election...
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Barr’s Whispers About Quitting Raise Stakes in His Ties to Trump

(Bloomberg) -- Attorney General William Barr has told associates he might resign in response to comments and tweets by President Donald Trump about Justice Department investigations, according to a person familiar with the matter.Barr has been discussing his frustration that Trump continues to wade into the department’s business, after issuing a rare public rebuke of Trump last week, according to the person, who asked to remain anonymous speaking about the sensitive matter.The attorney general’s...
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‘I Didn’t Do the Things They Said.’ Rod Blagojevich Maintains His Innocence After Trump’s Commutation

(CHICAGO) — Rod Blagojevich returned home to Chicago early Wednesday, shaking hands and signing autographs after President Donald Trump cut short the 14-year prison sentence handed to the former Illinois governor for political corruption. Blagojevich landed at O’Hare airport hours after walking out of a Colorado prison where he served eight years, promising to work for judicial and criminal justice reform while maintaining his innocence. “I didn’t do the things they said I did and they lied...
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Opinion: Bill Barr got it right on Roger Stone

More than 2,000 former Department of Justice officials, including career prosecutors, have called for Attorney General Bill Barr to quit.
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Former NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg, on eve of his first Prez debate, releases full criminal justice reform plan

In this post from December, I noted this page on the campaign website of Mike Bloomberg that reported on "three criminal justice reform policy proposals" then announced by the then-new Democratic presidential candidate.  Unsurprisingly, that partial plan has not deflected criticisms of Bloomberg's record and past comments on criminal justice matters.  And, also unsurprisingly, Bloomberg has now announced more of a criminal justice platform via this piece headlined "Mike Bloomberg Expands Crimina...
Tags: Law, New York City, America, Bloomberg, United States, Nevada, Department Of Justice, Black, Mike, Roger Stone, Jackson Mississippi, Mike Bloomberg, Douglas A Berman, Justice Reform Office, My Brother 's Keeper Initiative, Neighborhood Equity and Opportunity Office NEO

Police agencies must do a better job of protecting privacy

California police agencies are making use of automated license plate reading technologies, but aren’t doing enough to protect the privacy of those affected, reported the state auditor last week. There is often a tension between law enforcement’s use of novel technologies to gather information that might help hold lawbreakers accountable and the civil liberties of Americans — especially but not only those who have done nothing wrong but who routinely find themselves swept up in overly broad data ...
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AG Barr has considered resigning over President Trump's interference in Justice investigations

Attorney General William Barr said last week Trump's tweets about Department of Justice investigations make it impossible for him to do his job.
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AG Barr has considered resigning over President Trump's interference in Justice investigations

Attorney General William Barr said last week Trump's tweets about Department of Justice investigations make it impossible for him to do his job.         [Author: USA TODAY]
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Mexican arrested in US for Russian spying

A Mexican has been arrested in the US city of Miami for spying on "a US government source" on behalf of Russia, the Department of Justice alleged Tuesday. US intelligence officials have identified Russia as a central spying threat to the country, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation last year found that Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election -- a finding that President Donald Trump has repeatedly dismissed. According to court documents cited in a Department of Justic...
Tags: News, Russia, US, Moscow, Miami, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Miami Dade County, Fuentes, Robert Mueller, Department of Justice DOJ

GOP Leaders Contort Themselves To Support Barr Without Offending Trump

A trio of Republican leaders expressed excessive support for Attorney General Bill Barr Tuesday, but took pains to lavish praise on President Donald Trump as well to avoid the appearance of cosigning Barr’s recent criticism of the President. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) trumpeted Barr’s “highest character and unquestionable integrity” in a statement, vilifying “outside groups” who ...
Tags: News, Senate, Gop, Mitch McConnell, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Doj, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Roger Stone, Senate judiciary, Barr, Kevin McCarthy R CA, Ky House, Bill Barr, Kate Riga

Judge Unwilling to Delay Stone Sentencing Amid His Retrial Bid

A federal judge appeared unwilling to delay a sentencing hearing scheduled for Roger Stone later this week, amid an effort by Stone to secure a retrial in his case. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Tuesday at a teleconference hearing that it would not be “prudent” to further delay the sentencing hearing, but said she’d delay the execution of the sentence until after the retrial request was resolved. “I am going to keep the sentencing where it is,” she said, as she denied a request by ...
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Inside the world of cannabis influencers on Instagram and YouTube, who can make over $1,000 for a sponsored post but often get their accounts shut down

Being a cannabis influencer on social apps like Instagram and YouTube can be lucrative. But creators say their accounts often get shut down by both tech platforms.  Business Insider spoke to three cannabis influencers who said they charge anywhere from $300 to $1,500 for a sponsored post. Because of the threat of having an account on Instagram or YouTube shut down, these influencers said diversifying into other revenue streams like touring, merchandise, and consulting is important for cannabis...
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Group of more than 1,000 judges calls emergency meeting amid Trump concerns

Judges will meet to address alarm over the president intervening in politically sensitive casesA national association of federal judges has called an emergency meeting to address growing concerns about the intervention of Donald Trump and justice department officials in politically sensitive cases, according to US media reports.Cynthia Rufe, a Philadelphia US district judge who heads the independent Federal Judges Association, which has more than 1,100 members, told USA Today the group “could no...
Tags: News, Congress, Russia, US, Department Of Justice, Jackson, Usa Today, Donald Trump, Trump, Roger Stone, Stone, Barr, Philadelphia US, Amy Berman Jackson, Cynthia Rufe, William Barr

Morning Docket: 02.18.20

* Harvey Weinstein's lawyer penned an op-ed imploring jurors to look past the headlines in her client's case. [Page Six] * A robo lawyer app has been developed to sue robocallers under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. They took our jobs! [Consumer Affairs] * Over a thousand former DOJ lawyers have called for Attorney General Barr to resign. [Slate] * A Missouri peach grower has been awarded $265 million in damages in a weedkiller lawsuit. I guess you need help to grow peaches outside ...
Tags: Law, Georgia, Missouri, Harvey Weinstein, Department Of Justice, Seattle, Doj, Robocalls, Reuters, Barr, Morning Docket, Attorney General Barr

A short sentence for Stone wouldn't be a Trump victory

Elie Honig expects that Judge Amy Berman Jackson will not sentence Roger Stone to seven-to-nine years in prison, as originally recommended by the Department of Justice. Based on his experience as a prosecutor he argues that, "While Stone's criminal conduct was dishonest, dangerous to our system of government, and generally abhorrent, he has certain important factors in his favor at sentencing."
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William Barr is not the problem

I don't know if Attorney General William Barr will bow to a new pressure campaign to get him to resign. But I do know that whether he leaves office or whether he stays, it doesn't matter: As long as Donald Trump remains president, the Department of Justice will be compromised.The fish rots from the head, after all.The effort to force Barr's resignation has picked up a great deal of steam in the aftermath of Trump's successful push to get federal prosecutors to reduce their senten...
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Ex-Deputy AG Calls On Barr To Resign: Bill Barr’s America Is A ‘Banana Republic’

The former deputy attorney general under former President George H.W. Bush’s administration is calling on Attorney General Bill Barr to resign, citing the events of the last week surrounding Roger Stone’s sentencing reversal as the “worst” conduct thus far. In a new op-ed in The Atlantic, Donald Ayers outlines the ways in which Barr has torn down reforms that were put in place in the Justice Department after the Watergate scandal, including how Barr has handled the Stone and Michael Flynn cas...
Tags: News, Russia, America, Department Of Justice, Doj, Justice Department, Banana Republic, Trump, Roger Stone, George H W Bush, Watergate, AG, Ayers, Barr, Michael Flynn, Robert Mueller

NSA whistleblower who leaked Russian hacking report petitions for clemency

Reality Winner was sentenced to five years in 2018 after leaking classified report about Russia’s interference in the 2016 electionSupporters of Reality Winner, a National Security Agency whistleblower who leaked classified information about Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, petitioned Donald Trump on Monday for her early release from prison.Alison Grinter, an attorney representing the former US air force intelligence specialist, announced at a press conference in Dallas t...
Tags: Nsa, Russia, US, US news, US politics, Dallas, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, National Security Agency, Trump Administration, Reality Winner, Alison Grinter

So much for a speedy resolution in the DC Circuit of the injunction currently precluding federal executions

Though SCOTUS is in the midst of a long all-star break, SCOTUSblog continues to post some notable new copy.  A couple of new posts on the death penalty caught my eye and are worthy reads: SCOTUS for law students: The Supreme Court and the death penalty The federal death penalty at the Supreme Court The latter of these two posts notes that the "Department of Justice has recently announced its intention to resume federal executions, prompting challenges that are currently pending."  That last ph...
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