Tag: Justice Department
By Allan Lengel
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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By Steve Neavling
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.
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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The Justice Department will investigate the motivations and facts behind the shooting that left nine dead at a historic black church in South Carolina.
Reuters reports that Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Thursday that the department has opened a hate-crime investigation.
“We will now be looking at all of the facts, all of the motivations all the things that led this individual – if he is in fact the shooter – to commit this crime. And we will determine which is the best ways in which to prosecute the case,” Lynch told reporters at a news conference in Washington.
It has not yet been determined whether the case will be a state or federal one.
The suspect, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, was arrested and accused in the shooting.
The Justice Department has reached an agreement with the state of Alabama to undergo monitoring and serious reforms following years of complaints about female inmates being sexually assaulted by corrections staff, the Washington Post reports.
An investigation by the Justice Department found that female inmates lived in a “toxic environment” at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Ala., where they have been raped and sodomized.
Prison officials even organized a “strip show” with female prisoners and watched the women use the toilet
Women who complained of the abuse were punished, according to the Justice Department
“Prisoners are entitled to be safe from sexual predation by staff, and to live in an environment free from sexual assault, sexual harassment and the constant fear of these abuses,” said Vanita Gupta, the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
The agreement requires the prison to install a “state-of-the-art camera system,” train staff and implement a program to track and analyze complaints.
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The Justice Department has unleashed a widespread assault on suspected corruption within FIFA and other soccer organizations on Wednesday.
The National Journal reports that the Justice Department unsealed a 47-count indictment that includes racketeering, corruptions and conspiracy.
The indictment outlines 12 different schemes over the past 25 years. One includes a plot to tampering with bidding in the 2010 World Cup.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the crimes were a betrayal to fans.
“Many of the individuals and organizations we will describe today were entrusted with keeping soccer open and accessible to all,” she said. “They were expected to uphold the rules that keep soccer honest and to protect the integrity of the game. Instead they corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and to enrich themselves.”
By Laurence Kotlikoff Forbes Contributor
People of little means in our country are routinely being incarcerated for minor crimes. Meanwhile, big-time criminals engaging in major financial crimes that effectively involve the theft of billions of dollars from the public aren’t being prosecuted. Today we learned of yet another huge settlement by five of the largest banks operating in our country. The list includes JP Morgan, Citigroup, Barclays, the Royal Bank of Scotland,and UBS.
Each of these banks admitted to engaging in criminal activity. But banks don’t commit crimes. People working for banks commit crime. And when people working for banks commit crime, it’s the responsibility of our Justice Department to indict them. If our Justice Department can’t figure this out, the personnel running our Justice Department need to be fired. That’s the President’s job. So the big question here — today’s fine is $5.6 billions, so we can say the billion dollar question here is why the President continues to give Wall Street criminals a pass?
Does his political party need Wall Street contributions this much? I voted for President Obama, but this truly makes me sick to my stomach. The same is surely true of any decent American reading this article. And this is not just a matter of elemental justice. It’s also vital to the economy’s future well being. We are operating a faith-based banking system with full opacity. No one can learn how his money is really being used or misused. The government, which should be heavily involved in fully disclosing on a real-time basis what each financial corporation owns and owes is doing nothing of the kind. Instead, the Dodd-Frank bill has not only left faith-based banking in full swing. But it’s also permitted banks to continue operating with extremely high levels of leverage.
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