Eric Holder

Panel supports early release of many drug felons

Panel supports early release of many drug felons

Tens of thousands of federal inmates serving time for drug crimes may be eligible for early release under a cost-cutting proposal adopted Friday that would dramatically reduce the nation’s prison population over time. The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which earlier this year voted to substantially lower recommended sentences for drug-dealing felons, voted unanimously to retroactively apply […]

Justice broadens criteria for clemency

Justice broadens criteria for clemency

The Justice Department is broadening the criteria it will use in evaluating clemency petitions from certain federal prisoners and expects the changes to result in thousands of new applications, Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday. The new criteria, which will be detailed later this week and are aimed at inmates serving time for nonviolent drug […]

Holder puts Justice under same sex marriage protections

Holder puts Justice under same sex marriage protections

In an assertion of same-sex marriage rights, Attorney General Eric Holder is applying a landmark Supreme Court ruling to the Justice Department, announcing Saturday that same-sex spouses cannot be compelled to testify against each other, should be eligible to file for bankruptcy jointly and are entitled to the same rights and privileges as federal prison […]

Feds look for ways to curb abuses on racial profiling

Feds look for ways to curb abuses on racial profiling

The Justice Department is likely to expand the definition of racial profiling to bar federal agents from considering religion, national origin, gender and sexual orientation in their investigations, a person familiar with the issue said Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity about the matter because a Justice Department review of the issue is […]

JPMorgan Chase will pay $13 billion settlement in mortgage case

JPMorgan Chase will pay $13 billion settlement in mortgage case

A person familiar with negotiations between the federal government and JPMorgan Chase & Co. says the bank has tentatively agreed to pay $13 billion to settle allegations surrounding the quality of mortgage-backed securities it sold in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis. The person tells The Associated Press that the tentative settlement was negotiated […]

Holder to propose justice system reforms that ease punishment on some drug offenders

Holder to propose justice system reforms that ease punishment on some drug offenders

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder is looking at scaling back sentences on drug-related crimes as a way to ease overcrowding in prisons and begin what could become a major overhaul of the nation’s criminal justice system. Holder is scheduled to outline the changes Monday in a speech to the American Bar Association in San Francisco.  Among […]

Government may limit ability to seize records of journalists

Government may limit ability to seize records of journalists

The Justice Department on Friday proposed curbing the ability of prosecutors to seize reporters’ records while investigating leaks to the media, after complaints that journalists’ rights were violated in recent high-profile cases. A revised set of guidelines proposed by the department said that search warrants would not be sought against journalists carrying out “ordinary news-gathering […]

Holder agrees to changes in probes involving news media

Holder agrees to changes in probes involving news media

Attorney General Eric Holder told media editors on Thursday that he would change the way the Justice Department handles investigations that involve reporters and not repeat searches that have raised concerns about freedom of the press, the editors said. After a meeting that other media outlets boycotted because of its secrecy, the editors who did […]