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Tag: Justice Department

Justice Department: Hillary Clinton Permitted to Delete Some Private E-mail Messages

hillary-clintonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton did nothing wrong when she deleted non-work related message from her personal e-mail account while she was the secretary of state, the Justice Department said in a court filing.

“There is no question that former Secretary Clinton had authority to delete personal emails without agency supervision — she appropriately could have done so even if she were working on a government server,” the Justice Department wrote in a document filed this week in US District Court in Washington, the Economic Times reports.

The declaration by the Justice Department may offer some reprieve to Clinton, who has been hammered with questions after the discovery that she was using her private e-mail instead of an official government e-mail system.

The Justice Department said that U.S. National Archives State Department police says, “individual officers and employees are permitted and expected to exercise judgement to determine what constitutes a federal record.

The issue arose following a court filing by Judicial Watch, a conservative group that has been trying to access Clinton’s e-mails.

Market Watch: Don’t Believe Hype of DOJ Crackdown on White-Collar Crime

wall-streetBy Russell Mokhiber
Market Watch

If you ask, corporate criminal defense attorneys will tell you — as they have told me — the one thing their corporate clients want to avoid when facing off against the federal government is an admission of wrongdoing — to have to plead guilty to the crimes they have committed.

Everything else is possible.

Pay huge fines? No problem.

Accept a monitor to report back to the government? Bring it on, especially if the company gets to approve the monitor.

Turn over executives responsible for the crimes? Under the bus they go.

But no guilty pleas for the corporate parent.

That’s why people who follow corporate crime prosecutions closely are taking the release of a memo from the Justice Department that will implement new policies to go after individual corporate executives with a grain of salt.

To read more click here. 

Justice Department to Prioritize Prosecution of Wall Street Criminals

wall-streetBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has pledged to prioritize prosecution of Wall Street criminals.

The Boston Globe reports that the DOJ established new rules in an effort to hold individual employees and their companies accountable.

The rules were issued in a memo to federal prosecutors in an attempt to also pressure corporations to cooperate when their executives are accused of wrongdoing.

“Corporations can only commit crimes through flesh-and-blood people,” Sally Q. Yates, the deputy attorney general and the author of the memo, said in an interview Wednesday. “It’s only fair that the people who are responsible for committing those crimes be held accountable. The public needs to have confidence that there is one system of justice and it applies equally regardless of whether that crime occurs on a street corner or in a boardroom.”

Justice Department to Allow More Oversight over Long-Secret Tracking of Cell Phones

cellphone-tower-photo2By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In an attempt to get more oversight, the Justice Department said Thursday it will seek more judicial and internal supervision as it uses technology to track cellphones, the Wall Street Journal reports. 

In the past, technology was kept a secret, drawing criticism from privacy advocates, judges and lawmakers.

At issue are cell site simulators, which enables investigators to secretly scan phones.

Under the changes, supervisors would be required to more closely examine the use of the devices. Data collected on innocent Americans also would need to be deleted at least once a day.

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.

Other Stories of Interest

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.