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Tag: Justice Department

Top Justice Department Officials Accused of Misconduct in ATF Case

Jay Dobyns/his website

Jay Dobyns/his website

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Top Justice Department officials are accused of withholding information from a judge about irregularities in a lawsuit against the ATF, The Arizona Republic reports, citing recently unsealed documents.

The case involves retired ATF agent Jay Dobyns, who alleges the ATF failed to properly investigate an intentional fire at his Tucson house in 2008 and failed to protect him and his family against death threats.

Unsealed documents suggest that top Justice Department officials failed to provide e-mails that show that a DOJ attorney tried to prevent the re-opening of a botched arson investigation.

Other records also indicate that one of the DOJ officials met with subordinates to determine whether they should tell the judge about a possible threat made to an internal-affairs agent in the case.

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Associated Press Sues Justice Department Over Records Related to Fake AP Story

AP LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Associated Press is suing the Justice Department after the FBI created a fake AP story in an attempt to plant surveillance software on a suspect’s computer, the Huffington Post reports.

The AP filed suit Thursday over the FBI’s failure to provide public records related to the ruse.

“The FBI both misappropriated the trusted name of The Associated Press and created a situation where our credibility could have been undermined on a large scale,” AP General Counsel Karen Kaiser said in a 2014 letter to then-Attorney General Eric Holder.

The FBI used a fake AP story in hopes that a 15-year-old boy suspected of making bomb threats would click on the link, which would enable the software and reveal where he lived and his Internet address.

Since then, the FBI has refused to turn over documents related to the case.

“It is improper and inconsistent with a free press for government personnel to masquerade as The Associated Press or any other news organization,” Kaiser wrote. “The FBI may have intended this false story as a trap for only one person. However, the individual could easily have reposted this story to social networks, distributing to thousands of people, under our name, what was essentially a piece of government disinformation.”

Investigators: DeKalb County Officials ‘Rotten to the Core’ with Corruption

DeKalb_County_Georgia_Incorporated_and_Unincorporated_areas_Atlanta_Highlighted Map_of_Georgia_highlighting_DeKalb_CountyBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DeKalb County government is “rotten to the core,” investigators said, outlining allegations of bribery, theft of government property and corruption, AL.com. 

“The misconduct starts at the top and has infected nearly every department we have looked at,” wrote the investigators, former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers and Richard Hyde. “Expenses range from the petty to the absurd.”

Investigators called the findings “stunning” but declined to identify suspects until the report was finalized.

From cruises to the Bahamas to a Christmas tree, county officials are accused of using tax dollars to buy a variety of services and items.

Top-Ranking Justice Department Official in Criminal Division Leaving for New Job

Marshall Miller

Marshall Miller

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The criminal division of the Justice Department is about to lose one of its top-ranking officials.

The New York Times reports that Marshall L. Miller plans to step down as the criminal division’s second highest in command at month’s end.

The longtime federal prosecutor plans to take a job with New York University with plans to eventually join the private sector.

Miller served as the chief of staff of the criminal division’s leader, Leslie R. Caldwell, overseeing about 600 prosecutors who worked on cases ranging from public corruption to Wall Street misconduct.

“Marshall Miller is an outstanding attorney, a remarkable public servant and an unwavering advocate for the principles of justice,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.

Miller plans to join the Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement at the New York University School of Law.

Justice Department and NFL Have Claimed Sports Betting Is Skill-based, Documents Show

Justice Department is Dropping Its Battle Against Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds/facebook

Barry Bonds/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

After a long, drawn out legal battle with former baseball slugger Barry Bonds, the Justice Department is waving the white flag.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Justice Department announced Tuesday that it was not going to challenge the reversal of Bonds’ 2011 felony conviction that he obstructed justice when he gave a grand jury a long, evasive answer in 2003 when asked if personal trainer Greg Anderson ever injected him with steroids.

Bonds served his sentence, 30 days of home confinement, while he awaited his appeal. In April, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled 10-1 to reverse his conviction.

The Justice Department was left with the option of appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court, which was probably unlikely to hear the case.

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Oscar-Winning Director Sues Justice Department for Public Records of Her Airport Datainments

Laura Poitras

Laura Poitras

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Oscar-winning Laura Poitras is suing the Justice Department and other federal agencies after they have denied her access to public records documenting the dozens of times she said she has been questioned and searched at airports, Variety reports. 

The “Citizenfour” director claims in the lawsuit that she has been detained every time she entered the country from 2006 to 2012 to work on her documentary.

Fed up with being targeted, she filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain records about those incidents.

She said that her requests have been virtually ignored.

Justice Department Blasts Police for Violating Rights During Ferguson Protests

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The Justice Department blasted the police response to the Ferguson protests and riots, saying police violated free-speech rights, antagonized and intimidated crowds with military-style tactics and protected officers from being held accountable, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The police were accused of “vague and arbitrary” orders to force protesters to move, which “violated citizens’ right to assembly and free speech,” according to a DOJ reported to be issued soon.

“Had law enforcement released information on the officer-involved shooting in a timely manner and continued the information flow as it became available, community distrust and media skepticism would most likely have been lessened,” according to the document.

The report also said police sometimes indiscriminately used tear gas.

The DOJ also suggested that police stop using dogs for crowd control because it antagonized and scared protesters.

The full report, which is still being finalized, contains about 45 “findings” with recommendations for improvements.

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