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Exclusive: DOJ reviews stock trades by lawmakers after coronavirus briefings

The Justice Department has started to probe a series of stock transactions made by lawmakers ahead of the sharp market downturn stemming from the spread of coronavirus, according to two people familiar with the matter.
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Judge Allows PEN America's Lawsuit Against Donald Trump Over Retaliation Against The Media To Proceed (techdirt)

We've written a few times about the White House's unconstitutional retaliation against journalists it did not like, such as Jim Acosta and Brian Karem. PEN America, a key group fighting for free speech rights for journalists and writers, has now been allowed to proceed in its lawsuit against the President over his campaign of retaliation against journalists. PEN America had sued back in 2018, asking for declaratory and injunctive relief (basically the court telling the Trump White House to knock...
Tags: Google, Amazon, News, Washington Post, White House, Cnn, Cia, Doj, John Brennan, Trump, Mike Masnick, Trump White House, PEN America, Acosta, Jim Acosta, AT T Time Warner


Hundreds of former DOJ officials and federal judges urge Prez Trump to commute sentences and create emergency advisory group to respond to COVID-19 challenges

The folks at Fair and Just Prosecution has discussing a notable new plea for more action from Prez Trump to address COVID-19 challenges in our nation's criminal justice system.  From the start of the press release (with bold in the original): Today 405 former DOJ leaders, attorneys, and federal judges — including 35 former United States Attorneys who served under both Republican and Democratic Administrations —issued an asking him to take immediate action to reduce the population in federal...
Tags: Law, Cdc, United States, Who, Doj, Trump, World Health Organization WHO, Bureau of Prisons, Douglas A Berman, Prez Trump


DOJ should charge virus spreaders as terrorists

This week, the Justice Department took an aggressive step toward holding individuals who knowingly spread the coronavirus accountable for their actions. The new guidance could serve as a powerful deterrent to those contemplating weaponizing the virus in the weeks ahead.
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Worldwide: FTC And EC Announce Temporary Procedures For Hart-Scott-Rodino And EU Premerger Notification Filings During COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic - Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

As of March 17, 2020, the FTC and DOJ will accept only electronic submissions of HSR notifications (no filings accepted March 16, 2020).
Tags: News, Eu, EC, Doj, Ftc, Hart Scott Rodino, Gump Strauss Hauer, Feld LLP


Instagram Muscleman Arrested For Allegedly Peddling Fake Covid-19 Cure

Keith Lawrence Middlebrook, an Instagram weightlifter and self-described “Genius Entrepreneur,” was arrested in the Los Angeles area yesterday for allegedly peddling a fake cure for covid-19, the disease that has so far infected at least 69,210 Americans and killed at least 1,046. Read more...
Tags: Science, Instagram, Los Angeles, Fbi, Doj, Coronavirus, Covid 19, Keith Lawrence Middlebrook


Another Baltimore Cop Facing Criminal Charges, This Time For Stealing 3 Kilos Of Coke From A Drug Bust (techdirt)

All hail the mighty drug warriors! The War on Drugs is being fought by people who like cash, easy busts, and imagined traffic violations. The "soldiers" in the "trenches" literally believe they're soldiers in the trenches, fighting a war at home -- not as protectors and servants, but as a conquering army sent in to control the local populace. The Baltimore PD has problems within its drug enforcement units. Several. Enough that the DOJ stepped in and forced the city and the PD to sign a consent...
Tags: News, US, Fbi, Baltimore, Doj, West Baltimore, Western Maryland, Baltimore Police Department, Tim Cushing, Justin Fenton, Sgt Wayne Jenkins, Time For Stealing, Kilos Of Coke, Violent Crimes Impact Division, Ivo Louvado, Louvado


People intentionally spreading coronavirus could be charged with terrorism, DOJ says

Individuals who intentionally spread the novel coronavirus could be charged with terrorism for the "purposeful exposure and infection of others," a Justice Department memo says.
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United States: Large Manufacturers Beware: DOJ's Request For Additional Antitrust Attorneys Portends Heightened Enforcement - Shipman & Goodwin LLP

On February 11, 2020, it was reported that the DOJ's 2021 budget request included a demand for $8.2 million in additional funding for antitrust enforcement.
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Federal prison officials failed to monitor communications of 28 terror inmates, DOJ investigation finds

Justice IG: Federal prisons failed to monitor communications of 28 terror inmates         [Author: USA TODAY]
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"You’re going to see devastation that’s unbelievable" says former director of Colorado Department of Corrections

The quote in the title of this post jumped out at me as I reviewed this lengthy new Stateline piece headlined "‘Prisons Are Bacteria Factories’; Elderly Most at Risk." Here is context and excerpts from the piece: As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe, prisoner advocates are warning of the potential for a disastrous outbreak among inmates.  The elderly are most vulnerable, and the U.S. inmate population is aging.  Jails and prisons, crowded places where social distancing is nearly impossi...
Tags: Texas, Law, New York City, Aclu, New Jersey, Bill De Blasio, Ohio, Michigan, Doj, Cuyahoga County, Colorado Department of Corrections, Los Angeles County, STATELINE, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Texas Board of Criminal Justice, Douglas A Berman


Walmart Was Almost Charged Criminally Over Opioids. Trump Appointees Killed the Indictment.

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. On a Tuesday just before Halloween in 2018, a group of federal prosecutors and agents from Texas arrived in Washington. For almost two years, they’d been investigating the opioid dispensing practices of Walmart, the largest company in the world. They had amassed what they viewed as highly damning evidence only to face a major obstacle: top Trump ap...
Tags: Florida, Texas, News, Mac, Obama, California, Washington, Mexico, Kentucky, White House, US, America, Barack Obama, Brand, Walmart, Diamond


Did DOJ Propose Rollback of Defendants’ Rights During Pandemic?

Any changes affecting constitutional guarantees afforded federal criminal defendants in the U.S. would ultimately be up to Congress.
Tags: News, Doj, COVID-19


My Third Set of Comments to the CA DOJ on the CCPA Regulations

California is in a state of emergency. Our state is facing its worst public health crisis in decades (or possibly ever). Yet, the California DOJ is pushing forward its regulations to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). It just reiterated that the DOJ will start enforcing its still-not-finalized regulations in three months. Commenting on the DOJ’s latest regulatory changes was an exceptionally difficult professional challenge for me. As I sorted through the changes, my mind kept drifting...
Tags: Law, California, Doj, Clara, Privacy/security, Eric, California Department of Justice, Eric Goldman, California Department of Justice DOJ, Santa Clara University School of Law, Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing, California Assembly Hearing, Privacy Revisions Coordinator California Office, Archon Fung


The DOJ doesn't need emergency powers to cope

The Justice Department's request to Congress for certain "emergency powers" during the coronavirus crisis is a first step down a potentially dangerous path.  Among other things, the DOJ reportedly seeks to empower federal judges to extend or suspend normal deadlines for charging and trying criminal cases.
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The DOJ doesn't need emergency powers

The Justice Department's request to Congress for certain "emergency powers" during the coronavirus crisis is a first step down a potentially dangerous path.  Among other things, the DOJ reportedly seeks to empower federal judges to extend or suspend normal deadlines for charging and trying criminal cases.
Tags: News, Congress, Stories, Doj, Justice Department


United States: DOJ's First Antitrust Arbitration Is Unlikely Its Last - Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP

On Monday, March 9, 2020, the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division announced that it had prevailed in its first-ever arbitration of a merger issue,...
Tags: News, United States, Doj, Reed LLP, Department of Justice Antitrust Division


Bipartisan group of Senators write to DOJ and BOP to urge taking "necessary steps" to protect "most vulnerable" prison staff and inmates

Late yesterday, fourteen US Senators (including some from both political parties) wrote this short letter to Attorney General William Barr and BOP Director Michael Carvajal urging action to protect vulnerable federal prison staff and inmates at this time of the coronavirus outbreak (also available here).   Though the letter runs only five substantive paragraphs, nearly every passage includes language that lawyers might want to utilize in any filings seeking to keep defendants from going in to, o...
Tags: Law, Congress, Cdc, Fsa, US, Doj, Trump, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC, Department of Justice DOJ, Bop, Douglas A Berman, Bureau of Prisons BOP, William Barr, Michael Carvajal, Elderly Home Detention Pilot Program, Federal Bureau of Prisons BOP COVID


DOJ Pursues Covid-19 Fraudsters Peddling Fake Vaccine Kits

Scammers have utilized every tool at their disposal to pry credit card numbers, passwords, and Medicare information out of consumers during the covid-19 outbreak: robocalls, phishing emails, and texts masked as World Health Organization PSAs; e-commerce facades advertising household items; sham charities; and,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Scams, Medicare, Doj, Covid 19


California Businesses: Delay Privacy Law Enforcement Due to Coronavirus

A number of representatives from the California state business community are ramping up pressure on state Attorney General Xavier Becerra to delay enforcing the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), since the quickly-evolving situation related to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is putting additional pressure on businesses’ timetable to comply with the law’s new requirements on their operations. This is according to a story at Law360 by reporter Allison Grande. CA DOJ | CA DOJ |...
Tags: Featured, California, Finance, UPS, Regulation, United States, Nashville, Doj, Jay Wright, California State Assembly, Xavier Becerra, CCPA, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, Weiner Brodsky Kider, Allison Grande, Soroush Shahin


'Abhorrent': AOC slams reported DOJ effort to indefinitely detain people during emergency

"There's a long history in this country ... of using emergencies as times to really start to encroach upon people's civil rights," she said.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls Justice Department emergency proposals 'abhorrent'

The coronavirus pandemic should not be an excuse for the suspension of civil rights, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Sunday. During an appearance on CNN's State of the Union, host Jake Tapper asked Ocasio-Cortez to respond to the emergency proposals submitted to Congress by the Justice Department, including one which would give Attorney General William Barr the power to ask chief district judges to pause court proceedings when the court is overwhelmed by an emergency like the ong...
Tags: News, Congress, Politico, Cnn, Croatia, Doj, Justice Department, State Of The Union, Jake Tapper, Tapper, William Barr, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ocasio Cortez, Rep Alexandria Ocasio Cortez D N Y


Immigration Courts Are Telling Employees to Come to Work — Ignoring Health Risks and Local Shelter-in-Place Orders

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. On Tuesday night — over a day after several Bay Area counties issued shelter-in-place orders barring most people from leaving their homes — the San Francisco immigration court sent an email to staff: Hearings were being postponed nationwide for most immigrants, so the court would be closed starting Wednesday. (The text of the email was provided to ...
Tags: New York, News, California, White House, Los Angeles, San Francisco, General Services Administration, Miami, Department Of Justice, Herald, Doj, Denver, Bay Area, Trump, Mike Pence, Office of Personnel Management


United States: DOJ And FTC To Focus On Antitrust And Consumer Protection Violations Relating To Coronavirus - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton

The rapidly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation is impacting local and global companies, disrupting supply chains, creating volatility ...
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Gaetz Slams Thom Tillis for ‘Low-Energy’ Response to Insider Trading Allegation against Fellow N.C. Senator

Representative Matt Gaetz (R., Fla.) slammed Senator Thom Tillis (R., N.C.) for “a low-energy establishment Senate response” to news that his state’s senior Senator Richard Burr (R., N.C.) quietly sold large portions of stock ahead of the coronavirus market crash following a private January briefing on the impending coronavirus pandemic.“‘Self-referral’ to ‘Senate Ethics’ is the safe space where Senators can judge their own w/o real culpability. You, Senator Tillis, referring Burr to the DOJ for...
Tags: News, Cbs News, Senate, Russia, United States, Fox News, Doj, Senate Intelligence Committee, Trump, Burr, Richard Burr, Tillis, Thom Tillis, Donald Trump Jr, Matt Gaetz, Senate Intel


The Inevitable Shoe Drops: DOJ Dismisses Mueller’s Charges against Russian Businesses

More than an investigation, the Mueller probe was the wellspring of a political narrative. That becomes clearer as time goes by and more information ekes out . . . such as new confirmation that, months before Mueller was appointed in May 2017, it was already well understood in Justice Department circles that there was no case of criminal “collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia.Never was that made more obvious than by the Justice Department’s quiet announcement late Monday, under the fi...
Tags: News, Putin, Russia, Dnc, Fbi, Hillary Clinton, United States, New York Times, Moscow, Julian Assange, Kremlin, Wikileaks, Times, Doj, Justice Department, Clinton


DOJ Kills One of the Best Ways to Settle Legal Cases Against Polluters

For the past 30 years, in civil settlements, polluting companies in the United States could be compelled to fund environmentally beneficial projects in order to offset the damage they caused. As part of a 2018 settlement, for example, an Arkansas paper mill agreed to put $1.8 million into projects that curb air…Read more...
Tags: Science, United States, Pollution, Arkansas, Department Of Justice, Doj, Environmental Law, Settle Legal Cases Against Polluters


Out-Trolled: DOJ, Sick Of Russian Firm’s Antics, Bails On Its Own Election Meddling Case

The two years of fractious proceedings were a lesson in the downside of engaging with the trolls. Ahead of an April 1 trial start date in the Justice Department’s case against Russia’s election-meddling internet trolls, prosecutors sought to dismiss the case against the company that had shown up in court to fight the charges. In a court filing Monday evening, prosecutors cited the company’s “eager and aggressive” efforts to use the judicial system “to gather information about how the United S...
Tags: News, Putin, Russia, Court, United States, Kremlin, Doj, Justice Department, Reed Smith, Reuters, Tierney Sneed, Concord, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Prigozhin, Mueller probe


Durham Probe Expected to Conclude in Summer, May Be Delayed by Coronavirus Outbreak

U.S. Attorney John Durham, the head of a criminal probe into the origins of the Russiagate investigation, is expected to wrap up his investigation by the end of the summer.Durham’s work could wrap up anywhere from July to September, and could be slowed by the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., Fox News reported Monday. Another source told Fox News last month that Durham has yet to interview former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.House Judiciary...
Tags: News, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Fbi, Fox News, Cia, Doj, John Brennan, Collins, Durham, Clinton, Trump, Barr, Michael Rogers, Former National Security Agency, Michael Horowitz


Justice Department moves to drop charges against Russians indicted in the Mueller probe

Notably, the DOJ decided to drop charges "in light of recent events and a change in ... the government's proof due to a classification determination."
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