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Tag: Justice Department

Native Detroiter Glad Justice Department No Longer Screening Steamy Mystery Writings

Allison Leotta

By Allan Lengel
For Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Author Allison Leotta, a Detroit area native, says the Justice Department no longer has to screen her book transcripts, steamy sex scenes and all. That’s because she quit her job last year as a prosecutor in Washington.

“It’s is a relief,” says the Michigan State graduate who now lives in suburban D.C.

Back in 2010, the Justice Department screened her first book, “Law of Attraction”, to check for any national security breaches. So Justice Department folks had to read the whole thing. Everything.

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Justice Dept. Won’t Prosecute Eric Holder for Contempt

Atty. Gen. Holder/doj file photo

 
By Sari Horwitz
Washington Post

WASHINGTON –– The Justice Department has told House leaders that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s decision to withhold certain documents about a flawed gun operation from Congress is not a crime and he will not be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.

Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole explained the decision, which was expected, in a letter to House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio). The letter was released publicly Friday, just over a week after President Obama invoked executive privilege to withhold the documents.

In May 1984, Theodore B. Olson, then assistant attorney general, wrote that U.S. attorneys are not required to refer congressional contempt charges to a grand jury or prosecute an executive branch official “who carries out the President’s instruction to invoke the President’s claim of executive privilege before a committee.”

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Feds, Seattle Negotiate Police Reforms

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The city of Seattle and the Justice Department are engaged in intense negotiations with a mediator over how to bring about sweeping changes in the Seattle Police Department, the Seattle Times reports.

Negotiations come six months after the Justice Department revealed troubled findings about a department that engages in a “pattern and practice” of using excessive force, mainly against minorities and the chemically and mentally impaired, according to the Seattle Times.

Also found was inconclusive evidence of biased reporting.

Both sides pledged quick action to avoid a lawsuit, the Seattle Times reported.

Column: Roger Clemens Shutouts Feds 6-0: Feds Should Have Dropped Case

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Hopefully the case of baseball star Roger Clemens  provides a lesson for the Justice Department.

Yes, it’s wrong to lie to Congress, which is what he was charged with.

Nevertheless, when you have a questionable case — and in this instance a very questionable one — walk away.

The prosecution screwed up in the first trial when it accidentally introduced evidenced that had been barred by the judge. The judge declared a mistrial. He then considered tossing out the case all together.

Clemens was charged with lying to Congress about steroid use.

The judge eventually let the prosecution proceed with a second trial. He could have saved the government some grief by tossing the case.

But noooo.

On Monday, a federal jury in D.C. acquitted Clemens on all six counts.

For a pitcher, that’s known as a shutout.

Not even close: 6-0.

Big loss for the government in a big case.

 

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Joe Allen to Head Up Public & Governmental Affairs for ATF

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Joe Allen, a former federal prosecutor in Detroit, has been named acting Assistant Director of Public & Governmental Affairs for ATF in Washington, an agency that has had its share of public relations problems in wake of its Operation Fast and Furious.

Allen, who replaces Gregory K. Gant, will head up the division which includes media relations, legislative affairs and liaison work. Gant has moved to the Kansas City division as an assistant special agent in charge.

Allen has worked as a prosecutor in Detroit and a lawyer at the Department of Justice in Washington.

He is currently on loan to the ATF headquarters. His official assignment is general counsel for the ATF in the Detroit Division.

 

Ex-FBI Agent Connolly Claims Justice Dept. Will Do Everything to Cover Up Full Story About Whitey Bulger and FBI

John Connolly

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Imprisoned ex-FBI John Connolly, who was the Boston case agent for informant/mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, tells Newsweek:

“The Justice Department is going to do everything within its power to try to make sure the full story never comes out” about Bulger’s activities and his relationship with the FBI.

Connolly is serving a 40-year sentence in Florida for crimes related to mobsters Bulger and Steve Flemmi, including second-degree-murder.

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Justice Department Threatens to Sue Florida Over Voting Rights

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com
 

The Justice Department said it will sue Florida if it doesn’t scrap its controversial voter purge program, which critics says unfairly targets minorities based on largely inaccurate information, CNN reports.

At issue is a Republican-led effort to eliminate non-eligible voters in a battleground state that will play a key role in the 2012 presidential election.

The state said it identified more than 100,000 non-eligible voters who could be on the list illegally, according to CNN.

Although states have the legal authority to remove non-eligible voters, the Justice Department argues the program violates legal standards designed to avoid mistakes.

CNN reports:

While the Justice Department notes that states can legally remove non-eligible voters from their lists, the letter Monday argues that the Florida program does not comply with legal standards, has “critical imperfections, which lead to errors that harm and confuse eligible voters.”

Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties voluntarily ended the removal of names from voting lists on the recommendation of Florida county election officials, CNN reported.

Justice Department to Oversee Elections in South Carolina

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department announced it will monitor primary elections in two South Carolina counties following complaints of discrimination.

Tasked with ensuring fair elections, the Justice Department said in a press release that it will assure that local officials comply with the Voting Rights Act, which bans discrimination on the basis of race.

Civil rights groups have complained that Fairfield and Williamsburg counties unfairly target minorities.

The Justice Department sends hundreds of federal observers to monitor elections across the country.